Radamel Falcao wants £200,000 per week to sign a loan deal with Liverpool, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express.
The Monaco striker, who continues to be linked with an Anfield switch, has allegedly outlined what it would take for him to confirm a year-long move to Merseyside. Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue to be linked with the player as well, and Jefferson notes Falcao's terms "could force Liverpool to look elsewhere"—perhaps pushing him toward the Bernabeu with greater ferocity.
Brendan Rodgers' need for another striker showed itself during Liverpool's 2-1 win over Southampton. Daniel Sturridge was isolated for large parts of the game and only began to find space when Rickie Lambert entered proceedings. While he narrowly turned Raheem Sterling's header home for the winner, Sturridge wasn't afforded the freedom offered when Luis Suarez was in the team.
Question marks also remain over Lambert, who is yet to score in a Liverpool shirt. The former Saints forward adds a battering-ram presence that Rodgers didn't have at his disposal last year, but he and Sturridge don't offer enough to work through four competitions this campaign.
Suarez's elusiveness was heavily missed against Southampton and is likely to remain something the Liverpool fans yearn for throughout the season. Rodgers has signed eight players, but Paul Hayward of the Telegraph reminds fans that quality, not quantity, is needed:
To Anfield. Assimilation starts here. 8 players, £100m. You'd back Brendan Rodgers to find a blend. But he needs 2 or 3 of them to be stars.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 17, 2014
Falcao isn't the type of player to dribble around countless men with pace, but his finishing quality does match the Uruguayan's. He holds the ball up well, is dominant in the air and makes telling runs with quick bursts of movement around the box.
Should Rodgers be tempted, a loan move would allow the Northern Irishman an extra year's worth of scouting before he drops a major sum on an alternative. Although Falcao is an expensive option, he is a player who has scored 61 league goals in 85 appearances across the past three years, per WhoScored.com.
However, according to Vaishali Bhardwaj of the Metro, Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Sportiva reports Juventus are ready to hijack Liverpool's bid for the Colombian. As an alternative, Sacha Pisani of Goal.com suggests Rodgers may turn to Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, as the manager appears to be looking for a marquee name.
The Liverpool boss indicated he is happy to leave it until the last minute to bring in a new goalscorer, per Pisani's report:
The money is there - and we will look to improve at the top end of the field until the very end of the window.
It's not easy to get a top-level striker, no, but we have to keep looking. We certainly need something because we haven't brought in another striker so far, apart from Rickie Lambert. You just never know what will happen in that last week - the window will always throw up something.
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Cavani would bring world-class quality to Rodgers' lineup, as would Falcao. The former is used to playing wide in Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3, but he could have his hopes of remaining up front rejuvenated with a switch. With that being said, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recent injury ensures Cavani is needed across PSG's immediate run of fixtures, as reported by Peter McVitie of Goal.com.
Liverpool's attacking effectiveness was put to the test against Southampton and will be further examined during upcoming away clashes with Manchester City and Tottenham. The Reds' title credentials will certainly come under the spotlight during these fixtures, especially as they performed so well against the elite last campaign and still managed to come up short.
Sturridge is unlikely to find great room against either side, while it's highly doubtful Lambert will start either of these games. Rodgers would do excellently to land Falcao in an ambitious loan bid, but failing that, needs to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks before Liverpool's entire season is overshadowed by the prolific forward they let leave.