Anfield boss unable to bring in striker on deadline day.
Liverpool are believed to have offered Lucas Leiva, the Brazilian midfielder, and Ryan Babel, their Dutch international forward, in exchange for Cole but neither player wanted to leave Anfield for Upton Park. (Guardian)
Liverpool have failed in an attempt to sign Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson is desperate to sign another striker before the transfer window closes and was hoping to finalise a deal for Pavlyuchenko, who has failed to settle at White Hart Lane.
The Russian international has a proven track record and Hodgson was hoping he could forge a lethal partnership with Fernando Torres in the Liverpool attack. (TalkSPORT)
So it turned out to be something of a anti-climax for Liverpool fans yesterday as Roy Hodgson failed to land another attacking option, despite reported interest in a number of potential striking additions. You can understand the reluctance of both Ryan Babel and Lucas Leiva in joining West Ham, not least as they have started the season very badly indeed with three successive convincing defeats.
The Liverpool boss has also hoped to land Roman Pavlyuchenko but one wonders how much the Merseyside had in terms of funds to capture the Russian international. Hodgson now has to make do with one top notch striker in Fernando Torres and a myriad of average or untried alternatives and potential partners like David Ngog or Milan Jovanovic, who thus far has been played in a less out and out attacking role than he is used to.
Given that the Anfield side has struggled to find the back of the net so far this season, just two goals in three games, Liverpool supporters will have to hope that their Spanish hero stays free of injury having regained full fitness following his World Cup Final knock.