Liverpool showed in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United that it is still not ready to push past the English Premier League’s top clubs, and Brendan Rodgers would be wise to chase after Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis in order to strengthen his squad.
Jean-Michel Aulas, the French club’s chairman, admitted to the possibility of his powerful striker leaving and said the following via Sky Sports:
Of course, all the talk is about him moving to England, but there are other European clubs interested in him too. I'm sure things will begin to accelerate in the next couple of weeks and we expect things to be sorted soon.
The article notes both Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Gomis, and the Reds must find a way to keep the 27-year-old from leaving for London.
Rodgers has made smart additions such as Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen since taking over at Anfield, but all of his signings have one thing in common: They are all young.
This bodes well for Liverpool’s future, but as the team’s skipper noted, it will still need veteran players in order to win in the Premiership. Sky Sports quotes Steven Gerrard saying the following:
I think you've got to add experience to young gifted players as well because in this league and at this level you need experience. I look at Aston Villa now and the majority of them are going to be fantastic players in time but in my opinion that team needs two or three old heads to guide them. To be successful at this level you need to get the mix right.
Gerrard is completely correct in his assessment of how to achieve success in England’s top flight, and his advice is something his manager should remember.
Liverpool is lacking players like Gerrard who are reliable and experienced. Gomis has had at least 10 goals in Ligue 1 in each of the past three seasons and has already notched 11 in his current campaign.
The only other rumored Liverpool target who has a significant amount of experience is Wesley Sneijder. With the talented Dutchman dealing with a string of injuries and a contract dispute that has kept him sidelined since September, Gomis is a better option at this point.
While adding Sturridge gave the Reds more depth at striker, bringing in another proven goal-scorer would offer the team stability up top.
Rodgers is running out of time to balance his squad with both youth and maturity. Gomis would be an ideal fit in Liverpool as he gives the team another forward and another veteran player.