Suarez, Sturridge, Gameiro—sound good to Liverpool fans?
Kevin Gameiro is the latest name to be linked with the club during the January transfer window, with the Liverpool Daily Post claiming he is manager Brendan Rodgers' No. 1 target for the winter, following the acquisition of Daniel Sturridge.
Gameiro was prolific in the early stages of the 2011-12 season with Paris St. Germain, scoring eight goals in the first 10 games of the Ligue 1 campaign, but ended up scoring only three more goals from October until the end of the season.
During the entirety of 2012, which includes the first half of the current season, Gameiro has netted a total of seven goals in league play for Paris St. Germain—though the arrivals of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have hindered his game time this season.
Gameiro is yet to play a full 90 minutes in the league this term, scoring five goals in 12 appearances.
His goals record then does not look completely convincing on the face of it—but his lack of real game time this season means he has actually scored a goal every 76 minutes of league play—comparable, for example, with Manchester United's "goal poacher" variety of striker, Javier Hernandez.
Luis Suarez has been relied upon far too often for the Reds this season to be the source of goals, and while the signing of Daniel Sturridge should go some distance to alleviating the pressure on No. 7 to score match-winning goals every week, Liverpool still need further options in the final third.
Gameiro's move to PSG from Lorient in 2011 was for around £9.7 million; it is likely that PSG would want to recoup much or all of that cost, and the player's contract runs for another two-and-a-half years, placing the club in a position of strength.
A loan transfer then might just be ideal for Liverpool. They would get to take a look at the striker at close quarters, provide themselves with more ammunition in winning games and perhaps weigh up in the mean time whether there are other, better, options out there.
Gameiro is a centre forward and has the off-the-ball movement to allow himself to find space and time for shots, but he can also play from a wider position if need be.
Liverpool are likely to keep Suarez central, while Sturridge will also hope to feature there when he is not attacking from the flanks, meaning it could be that Gameiro is seen in part as a "super-sub" option at present.
Of course, he would get more game time at Liverpool than he does at present with PSG, but he would not necessarily be the type of striker Brendan Rodgers would look to start with in every match.
The coming four weeks will determine just how much firepower Liverpool possess for the remainder of the season as they seek to improve on their current mid-table position.
Bringing in a striker with an aptitude for scoring consistently, even off the bench, could improve their chances significantly of attaining a top six—or better, who knows—finish, and it is worth noting that Gameiro's five league goals this season come from a mere 13 shots, giving him an impressive 38 percent shot conversion ratio.
If he can bring anything close to that kind of consistency to Anfield then, even as a second-choice forward, he could add up to eight goals for the Reds over the second half of the season.
A deal might be there to be done, and Liverpool could find themselves heading into February with considerably more to their armoury than they did just a month previous.
Statistical and financial data from TransferMarkt.co.uk. Additional stats from WhoScored.com.