Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Keen on South Korean Hamburg Forward

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIOctober 11, 2012

GOYANG, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 12:  Son Heung-Min of South Korea tussles for posession with Youssef Mohamad of Lebanon during the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier match between South Korea and Lebanon at Goyang Stadium on June 12, 2012 in Goyang, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Liverpool is in desperate need of goal-scoring firepower.

With Luis Suarez having scored five of Liverpool's nine Premier League goals this season and his fellow attackers Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling having contributed for zero, manager Brendan Rodgers' lack of prolific options up front is alarming.

According to the Daily Mail, Rodgers might look to solve this January with the capture of 20-year-old South Korean attacker Son Heung-Min, of Hamburg.

After a slow 2011-12, Son, who is widely considered to be one of Asia's most promising young footballers, has scored four goals in his first seven Bundesliga games this year.

A highly skilled and versatile player, Son can play on the wings or at forward. He has a good touch, dynamic passing range, and tremendous finishing ability.

Son would serve to add good goal-scoring potential to a Reds' squad that lacks it. He plays a game that would fit well into Rodgers' pass-and-move philosophy, and could become an impact player for the club down the stretch.

But for me, this move doesn't make much sense. While Son is undoubtedly a bright talent, one has to question if he has the ability to be a better player than the likes of Oussama Assaidi, Borini and  Sterling, all of whom are wingers under the age of 25. Son can score, but Liverpool may decide to spend on a more natural striker.

Son would help the team score more, but the club has bigger needs than more promising wingers at this time.