Liverpool FC: 5 Transfer Targets in 5 Days, World-Class Strikers

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Liverpool FC: 5 Transfer Targets in 5 Days, World-Class Strikers
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Liverpool fans are dying to see more of this, especially at the expense of Manchester United.

I'm going to break the rules for this one. Gaston Ramirez is the favorite to get the break down today based on your votes. I'm not going to be doing that.

 

Here's why:

By now, we've all at least seen or read the highlights from the match on Sunday. Once the Reds got in a rhythm, Brendan Rodgers' rhythm, they started to dominate. Two careless mistakes were the only reason Manchester City got on the score sheet.

Other than those two errors, I think most would agree that Liverpool outclassed City for much of the affair. The even possession and scoreline don't do justice to the Reds' performance. Rodgers has officially put the entire league, the world, on notice.

Something magical happened once the team got settled. Something we've not seen at Anfield in years. Last season's team would've either withered away at the first sign of adversity or become complacent if they scored first.

The side we witnessed today was a total transformation from that of Kenny Dalglish's squad. Stricken with adversity within minutes from the opening whistle as Lucas Leiva went down, Liverpool responded with strength and resolve.

The Reds created 16 shots compared to City's 10 on the day. What's more is almost all of the shots had something about them. They were well-created and most had a scoring chance. The buildup play was a master class at times, but the finishing left something to be desired.

 

Here's the point:

If that is the type of side Rodgers plans to play week-in and week-out, then there is no reason whatsoever that Liverpool cannot and will not finish in the top 4. A bold statement, I know. 

Liverpool left the league's reigning champions out of sorts, and the reason they left two points on the field were because of unusual errors that are highly unlikely to be regular occurrences.

In order to achieve the lofty goal set above, Liverpool need one and only one addition beyond improving their depth. That is to break the bank on a world-class striker. They need a cut-throat assassin with unforgiving finishing quality, the likes of which we've not seen since Fernando Torres was in form.

A top goal-scorer playing center forward for Liverpool on Sunday would've had a field day, possibly a career day, against one of the better Premier League defenses. The chances were as plentiful as the finishing was woeful.

Three shots on goal in 16 attempts won't get the Reds to Champions League play, even if the approach play is brilliant. 

There is clearly something to Rodgers' system, and today he looked very much the masterful tactician that he was touted to be when John Henry brought him in. The final piece to the puzzle is bringing in a world-class front man that will put more than three in 16 balls on target.

Fans would be surprised at the various options on the market right now. Rodgers has proven to be a shrewd businessman so far, and if Sir Alex Ferguson can bring in Robin Van Persie for less than £1 million per goal, then there's no reason Rodgers can't find similar value elsewhere.

Of course, what everyone is thinking right about now is that Rodgers has nearly emptied the kitty already, and there just simply isn't enough to spend.

At this particular moment, there probably isn't enough in the transfer budget to splurge on a striker costing tens of millions, but a few quick sales and Rodgers could raise a little more than £20 million in a very short time.

The latest rumors, according to Metro, have Newcastle preparing a “final” bid for Carroll at £17 million. Charlie Adam has received interest from other clubs according to the Daily Mail.

Even £5 million for Adam can go a long way as the deadline nears. Another couple of million for Jay Spearing, if his deal to Bolton is to materialize, and you can see Rodgers is well into £20 million.

Furthermore, there's nothing stopping Fenway Sports Group from loosening the purse strings if Rodgers can persuade them to do so. Today, he persuaded me that if he is given this final piece of the puzzle, he can and will be in a position to stage a coup for one of the top spots on the table by May.

Let's examine the options. Some are more pie-in-the-sky than others, but the EPL transfer window is never lacking in drama, and Liverpool are no strangers to playing center stage.

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