Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: The Andy Carroll Alternatives

Des CookeContributor IIIOctober 13, 2011

Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: The Andy Carroll Alternatives

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    When Andy Carroll was brought to Liverpool football club for £35 million by Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli, Liverpool fans agreed that although the sum was too much to pay for a player of his quality, they were happy with the purchase.

    Most people agreed that he could form an excellent partnership with the other January signing, Luiz Suarez. However, people have recently begun to question whether Andy Carroll is the man for the job.

    Luiz Suarez has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe recently, and if Liverpool are to hold onto their star attacker, they are going to have to find a worthy partner very soon.

    In this article, I am going to look at some of the players Liverpool could sign in January to partner with Luiz Suarez.

Fernando Llorente

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    If Liverpool still want to go for the big-little combination, Llorente would be their man. Standing at 6' 5", Llorente is positively huge.

    After scoring 18 goals last season with a mid-table club in Spain (Athletic Bilbao), he certainly seems to be an accomplished goal-scorer. Also, with his large physique, it appears that he could adapt to the English game faster than most.

    The biggest stumbling blocks to this transfer would be his £30 million buyout clause and Kenny Dalglish's reluctance to buy foreign players. 

    He will inevitably draw comparisons to another tall Spanish striker who joined Liverpool, but I really think Llorente could be a hit at Liverpool.

Salomen Kalou

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    This would be a slightly more controversial option, but a legitimate one nonetheless. Kalou would certainly be an attractive transfer for Dalglish, as he is a proven goal-scorer in the premier league and still has not reached his peak, as he is currently only 26.

    The main problem with this transfer is that Chelsea would be reluctant to sell one of their strikers to one of their biggest rivals. Another concern is that Kalou, although a proven goal scorer, can be very, very inconsistent.

    He has a tendency to disappear from games against strong oppponents. This trait has meant that his career has stagnated at Chelsea, and he is now nearly the fifth-choice striker at Chelsea.

    An upside of this is that he may come at a relatively low price.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

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    This would certainly be one of the most risky options, but could turn out to be in

    genius. Ricky van Wolfswinkel only just moved from FC Utrecht to Sporting Lisbon this summer, but he has already caught the eye of both Manchester United and Liverpool after scoring six goals in his first seven games.

    This would be risky because scoring in the Premier league is very different from scoring in the Portuguese league.

    However, as he is only 22, he would have plenty of time to get used to the English game, and he has the potential to be absolutely world-class.

    He would also be one of the cheaper options, costing around £11 million.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    This would certainly be my preferred option to partner with Suarez. Higuain is a proven goal-scorer and a very intelligent player.

    He has been in imperious form recently, scoring a hat-trick for both Madrid and Argentina. There is no doubt that Higuain is a great player, but unfortunately it is hard to imagine Higuain signing for Liverpool.

    He is currently the first-choice striker at one of the best clubs in the world, and Liverpool would be a big step down from Madrid. However, Madrid are looking to sign a new striker, and could be open to selling Higuain if the right offer came in. 

    Seeing as Higuain would cost more than £30 million, and with Dalglish's reluctance to sign players from other leagues, I don't think we will see this transfer happening anytime soon. Still, we can dream...

    Thanks for reading, and please leave any suggestions in the comments area.