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Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Burak Yilmaz Would Be Great Addition for Reds

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 12: Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray scores his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray AS at Veltins-Arena on March 12, 2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2013

Brendan Rodgers must remain active in his pursuit of attacking options as he waits for final word on the future of Luis Suarez. One player capable of making an instant impact at Anfield is Burak Yilmaz, who should be near the top of Liverpool's target list.

Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports states the Reds are tracking Yilmaz while waiting for the Suarez saga to play itself out. The report includes word that Galatasaray already said they would be willing to move the talented striker if the price were right.

The likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Suarez and should he leave Liverpool, Rodgers will be keen to bring in a big-name signing to help fill the void.

Yilmaz is regarded as one the best strikers in Europe after impressing for Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League last season and the Turkish international is thought to be on Rodgers' radar.

The ongoing drama involving Suarez creates a tricky situation for Rodgers. Liverpool don't want to watch one of the Premier League's most dangerous offensive weapons leave Anfield, but his status remains very much up in the air.

Rodgers just can't sit around and wait for him to make a decision, either. Should the Uruguayan international decide he wants to change clubs, the amount of turnaround time before the new campaign begins will be minimal.

The Liverpool boss must be prepared for that potential outcome and have another option, such as Yilmaz, waiting in the wings. If he doesn't, the lack of an immediate replacement could lead to disaster for the club next season.

Of course, in a perfect world, Rodgers would be able to add Yilmaz and then have Suarez pledge his future to Anfield, as well. The Turkish international's arrival would take a lot of pressure off Suarez and give the Reds a tremendous striker duo.

Resources are the biggest hurdle, though. It's unclear, and probably unlikely, Liverpool would have the assets necessary to land Yilmaz without cashing in on a Suarez deal first. Galatasaray's asking price isn't mentioned in the report.

Whether Rodgers is given the go ahead for a pre-emptive strike to land the 27-year-old striker or must head down that road following a Suarez exit, Yilmaz would be a terrific addition.

He scored 32 goals in 39 matches last season across Turkish Super Lig and Champions League play. It was his performance in Europe's top club competition that turned a lot of heads as he netted eight goals while helping lead the club to the quarter-finals.

By showcasing that type of form against elite competition, it shows he's ready to make the jump to Liverpool without missing a beat. There wouldn't be an extended transition period like many players face when they first move to the Premier League.

If the Reds view him purely as a potential replacement for Suarez, he's capable of handling the pressure. Even if he doesn't match the same goalscoring rate, he would ensure the drop off isn't major. That would be the case if Liverpool couldn't find a reliable replacement.

The situation remains fluid. It all depends on Suarez's decision and the resources Liverpool are given to make moves with about a month left until the campaign begins. A lot can change between now and kickoff of the opening match.

Adding Yilmaz would be a positive, regardless of the circumstances.

 

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