Liverpool Transfer News: Samuel Eto'o Not the Answer to Reds' Attacking Dilemma

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o reacts to a decision by the referee Mike Dean, during an English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Sunderland won the match 2-1.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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It's inevitable that Luis Suarez's departure for Spanish shores would leave many wondering who next will take on the mantle as Liverpool's main threat on goal, with Samuel Eto'o the latest forward linked with a move.

The Independent's James Orr has reported that Eto'o, a free agent after leaving Chelsea earlier this summer, is already in talks with the Merseyside club regarding a deal that would see him earn £135,000-a-week.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay sings the National Anthem before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Imag
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Brendan Rodgers has already gone some way in softening the blow of Suarez's exit with the £4 million signing of Rickie Lambert from Southampton. However, the Englishman's difference in age, style and overall quality means that he is in no way a direct replacement.

Lambert failed to score in pre-season and is creating some doubt regarding his worth to his new club, but Rodgers has faith in the 31-year-old's ability, telling Sky Sports News (h/t Daily Mail's Kieran Gill):

Don't put pressure on Rickie Lambert to get goals, Rickie Lambert has been brought in here to be a very valuable member of our squad. He has proven it all his career. He has got goals at whatever level he has played at. He came on for internationals and he gets goals, with Southampton for the past couple of seasons he gets goals. 

So there is no need for him to be under any pressure, he needs to come in at 32 years of age and contribute to the history of this club. He's a big supporter of this club, he is past that now, he is here to do a job. I trust him to do the job and he will do a great job for us.

Divock Origi has also been brought in from Lille, but the teenager will spend the 2014-15 season loaned back to the Ligue 1 outfit, meaning his impact won't be felt until next term.

Eto'o is undoubtedly a veteran of great pedigree, but last year's stint at Stamford Bridge, his first in England, proved that the decline may be well and truly underway.

At 33 years of age, the Cameroonian would not present that same live-wire presence as 2013-14 Premier League Player of the Year Suarez, which is something the Reds will undoubtedly attempt to replicate.

In 41 games across all competitions with the Blues, Eto'o netted a total of 14 goals, and perhaps more importantly made just seven assists, creation being a massive part of Suarez's game last season.

While the club would save funds in transfer expenditure, Eto'o's is nevertheless a potentially costly deal, too, and it's no surprise the Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sport cites salary as the major stumbling block at present:

Daniel Sturridge will of course do his best to satiate Liverpool's need for goals, and after playing alongside Suarez in a partner capacity last campaign, the prospect of being the main frontman from now will be an appealing one.

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27: Liverpool Coach Brendan Rodgers before the start of the match against the Olympiacos FC in the International Champions Cup 2014 on July 27, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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However, Rodgers might well question whether or not the former Chelsea and Manchester City man is really the figure to lead his team in Premier League and Champions League title challenges, not to mention other domestic competitions.

As things stand, the formula needs another ingredient before experimentation can even get underway, and the Independent report targets as esteemed as Radamel Falcao to be on the Reds' radar:

If Rodgers' men are to truly complete their full-circle comeback to the European elite, that is the kind of ambition the club need to be displaying, but actions do indeed speak louder than words.

The 2014-15 campaign will be one of great transition for Liverpool, where the club either capitalises upon last season's resounding success. Or, like Tottenham before them, they may see their massive transfer influx wasted and an ideal opportunity for greatness goes to waste.

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As such, Eto'o isn't the man to tide them over, even in the short term, where another player's loan would make more sense, both economically and based on results.

The former Barcelona and Inter star has shown in the past that he possesses a Midas touch in front of goal, but every player loses that sense of value eventually, and Liverpool can't afford to find out if now is Eto'o's time.