With just 12 goals in nine Premier League fixtures, Liverpool could use some serious help on the attack. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the club is reportedly interested in acquiring Arsenal winger Theo Walcott during the winter transfer window.
According to a report by David Anderson and Neil McLeman of the Daily Mail, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is coveting Walcott in January for approximately 10 million pounds to continue his rebuilding project.
As storied as the club's past is, Liverpool has not won a Premier League title and are coming off an eighth-place finish in 2011-12.
The talented 23-year-old forward has plenty of upside, as his recent hat trick in the Capital One Cup indicates. He first broke into the EPL at the age of 17 with the Gunners and was also named to England's 2006 World Cup squad. But his career with Arsenal has been rather turbulent, highlighted by injury and inconsistency. Walcott has ultimately produced just 28 goals in 156 appearances.
With a contract situation up in the air, Walcott is an ideal candidate to be moved during the transfer period. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is still optimistic, but there is still a couple of tension points in negotiations, according to the Mail's account:
Walcott's desire to play more down the middle - and his demand for £100,000-a-week - £25k more than Arsenal's offer - are the twin hurdles to be cleared before the player puts pen to paper.
While Arsenal has struggled to generate offense themselves, the Gunners have yielded the fewest goals in EPL play and are still in contention for the league title. Meanwhile, Liverpool is struggling to generate any momentum this season, sitting in 12th place in the Premier League table.
Walcott would provide an immediate spark should he sign with the club during the transfer window. A fresh start would be beneficial for him to try to harness his immense potential in a new environment. For whatever reason, it just hasn't worked out with the Gunners.
As B/R's own Sam Tighe points out, the leader of the Reds' attack is Luis Suarez, but he has fired over 30 shots that have failed to score in 2012-13.
Needless to say, that won't get it done.
Tighe also notes that the schematics that Rodgers employs doesn't allow midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard to make his typical push on the attack. The presence of Walcott could only help in that regard.
There is still plenty of time for the Reds to turn the season around, particularly with stellar defense in full-backs Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson.
But in order for the attack to get off the ground and for the club to be truly competitive in the Premier League, an additional striker is necessary. Walcott provides the antidote to what ails Anfield.