Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Could Rejuvenate Career of Target Salomon Kalou

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

LILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Salomon Kalou of Lille battles for the ball with Dzmitry Likhtarovich (L) and Mikhail Sivakov (R) of BATE during the Group F UEFA Champions League match between LOSC Lille Metropole and FC BATE Borisov at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole on September 19, 2012 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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With the prominent acquisition of Daniel Sturridge already in the books, Liverpool was thought by many to be done tinkering with their attack. But they now appear to be interested in another former Chelsea striker, Salomon Kalou. Per Sky Sports:

"I am flattered with all teams linked with me in England," said Kalou, who is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations later this month.

"It means I am not a bad player as some people think. Teams such as Liverpool, West Ham, are very good teams."

The allusion to not being as bad "as some people think" has a lot to do with Kalou's form at French side Lille, where he's currently playing on a free transfer. His three goals in 21 total appearances has been a major disappointment—especially on the heels of scoring just five in 26 appearances with Chelsea last year.

That depreciation, combined with the Reds' recent acquisition of Sturridge, make this a questionable move at first glance. But upon further review, bringing in Kalou could be a low-risk, high-reward proposition.

Per the Sky Sports report, Lille could be willing to part with Kalou for a price in the region of €3.5 million (£2.8m). That's a reasonable amount for a striker with three goals in 21 games, but a pittance for a striker with potential to achieve so much more.

He is, after all, just two years removed from scoring 10 goals in 31 league games for Chelsea. Plus, he's only eight years removed from scoring 27 goals in 40 games for Dutch side Feyenoord—as a 20-year-old.

It's clear that he's fallen out of favor with his clubs in the past two years, but that only makes a change of scenery more imperative. 

Kalou isn't a great goal scorer any more—perhaps he never was. His strengths lie in pace, counter-attacking and teaming up with players who are proficient around the net.

In Suarez, Kalou wold be teaming up with a striker who's proven capable of scoring 49 goals in a season; in Sturridge, he'd be teaming up with a former teammate who's flashed potential of, one day, enjoying similar success.

He'd be back in a position where he's unshackled from the burden of scoring, allowed to create for others with his speed and willingness to take on defenders. He'd also be under the tutelage of Brendan Rogers, a younger coach who's proven capable of harnessing the best of his players.

If they want to score with the likes of the Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Chelsea, Liverpool needs to get more explosive. Kalou has the potential to be an explosive commodity.

For the price Lille is allegedly asking, why wouldn't the Reds take a roll of the dice?