Loic Remy: 3 Key Attributes the Striker Will Bring to Liverpool

Jack Lusby@jacklusby_Featured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

Loic Remy: 3 Key Attributes the Striker Will Bring to Liverpool

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    Loic Remy spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, but now looks to be on the move to Anfield.
    Loic Remy spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, but now looks to be on the move to Anfield.Scott Heppell/Associated Press

    Reports on Friday night suggest that French striker Loic Remy is set to move from Premier League newcomers QPR to title contenders Liverpool in an £8.5 million deal.

    Darren Lewis, of the Daily Mirror, wrote that "The Reds have moved for Remy as Swansea will not budge on [their valuation of Wilfried Bony]."

    The 27-year-old reportedly has a "well-documented £8.5 million clause in his contract which applies only to clubs in the top four."

    After an impressive loan spell with Newcastle United last season, Remy would represent a significant attacking signing for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool, and he would bring a wealth of talent to Merseyside.

    Here are the three key attributes that Remy would bring to Liverpool.

3. Versatility

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    Remy is able to play in several positions.
    Remy is able to play in several positions.Scott Heppell/Associated Press

    One of the main bonuses of signing Remy over the Reds' other reported target, Wilfried Bony, is that the Frenchman is able to play in a number of positions.

    This will lend the forward kindly to Rodgers' fluid attacking system, which allows and relies on players such as Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling to rotate positions throughout games in order to open up space and bewitch opposing defenders.

    Last season, per James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers hailed the versatility of Sterling:

    For a young boy, tactically he's very good. That’s what we are trying to do, develop footballers, and it gives me more options...The beauty of this team and how we are developing is we do have different ways to win.

    This tactical intelligence can also be attributed to Remy, with WhoScored.com showing the Frenchman as having featured in five different positions for Newcastle last season.

    Although primarily a striker, Remy's ability to play all across the front line will endear the 27-year-old hugely to Rodgers' system at Liverpool.

2. Experience

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    Remy will bring crucial Champions League experience to a youthful Liverpool squad.
    Remy will bring crucial Champions League experience to a youthful Liverpool squad.Jan Kruger/Getty Images

    Prior to moving to QPR in January 2013, Remy was a regular feature in Marseille's Champions League participation, and this experience will be crucial as Liverpool re-enter the European elite.

    According to WhoScored, the Frenchman made 16 appearances in the competition in his two-and-a-half seasons with the Ligue 1 club, scoring four goals and making one assist.

    In 2012/13, Remy made a further five appearances in the Europa League, scoring two goals and making one assist.

    With the Reds remaining a fairly youthful squad, with 22-year-old Philippe Coutinho and 19-year-old Raheem Sterling assuming key roles, this experience will prove immeasurable for Rodgers' side.

    The Ulsterman acknowledged the benefits of experienced players prior to last year's January transfer window, per The Guardian, saying: "I'm all for young players, I want to develop young players, but I also know as a manager that there needs to be the right mix."

    Whilst players like Steven Gerrard know all about the trials of European competition, another player of Remy's ilk will do Rodgers' squad the world of good when the going gets tough.

1. Goals, Goals, Goals

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    Remy is a proven goalscorer, both in the Premier League and abroad.
    Remy is a proven goalscorer, both in the Premier League and abroad.Sang Tan/Associated Press

    Ultimately, Remy will be brought in to the Liverpool squad to provide some much needed relief to Rodgers' attacking players in terms of goals.

    With the departure of Luis Suarez, a player who scored 31 goals in 33 league games last term, confirmed, the Reds will need to pool their resources together when it comes to filling this void.

    It is unlikely that one player will achieve this feat.

    Per Squawka, the Frenchman scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League games for Newcastle in 2013/14, in what was an injury-hit season.

    At a goals per game ratio of over one every other game, Remy has proven credentials as a Premier League goalscorer.

    If Rodgers can nurture his talents and carefully manage any fitness issues, the 27-year-old could look to better last season's tally in a Liverpool shirt this season.

Your Thoughts?

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    Can Loic Remy be a success at Liverpool?
    Can Loic Remy be a success at Liverpool?Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    With versatility, vital experience and an eye for goal, Loic Remy seemingly has all the attributes required to be a success at Liverpool, but would the Frenchman be a positive signing by Brendan Rodgers?

    Can the 27-year-old's ability to play all across the front line be of use within the Reds' system?

    Do Liverpool need more experienced players to compete in the Champions League next season?

    Will the striker's goalscoring ability be enough to compensate for the loss of Luis Suarez?

    Join the debate and let your thoughts be known in the comments below.