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Liverpool are ready to make a move for Hamburg hotshot Eljero Elia as they bid to turn their woeful season around.
Elia, 23, is regarded as one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga and has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs across Europe.
Liverpool’s under-fire boss Roy Hodgson is keen to strengthen his squad in January and knows he needs more firepower following their shock home defeat against Wolves.
Elia has a proven track record for Hamburg and has also broken into the Holland side.
Reports in Holland state that Liverpool’s director of football strategy Damien Comolli has already made contact with Hamburg and is hoping to negotiate a deal next month.
The deal could hinge on Ryan Babel being sold in the January transfer window as Elia would be a natural replacement for his compatriot. (talkSPORT)
Remember in November 2009 and April 2010 when Liverpool were linked with the next big thing from Holland, Eljero Elia?
Could Liverpool really have waited all this time and still not considered doing anything? If that was the case, they’d always be dancing alone at the primary school disco.
More likely is that they were never really interested in the first place, but only talkSPORT know if Roy Hodgson and Damien Comolli are keen now.
If you’re still curious about what Elia can do though, read on.
The Dutchman’s ability to provide more firepower is questionable. The most goals he has ever scored in a season is 9, and he has only just got off the mark in the current campaign in his last two matches.
However, that is mostly from playing on the left side of a front three or the wing.
He plays like Ryan Babel, when he had some confidence in his ability, but seems to be blessed with a touch more vision.
See for yourself:
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