Anfield boss keen on new striking option?
Footybunker.com have been led to believe that Liverpool are closing in on Ligue 1 striker and Argentine international Lisandro Lopez with the possibility of the forward joining by the end of next weekend.
The 28 year old forward currently plays for Lyon and knocked in an incredible 32 league goals in 60 appearances since joining the French side in 2009. The former Porto player, should he join Liverpool, will be swapping the chance to play in the Champions League by trying to help the Anfield side into the top four of the Premiership, although at the time of writing Lyon have not yet qualified for the group stages.
Liverpool have been coy regarding their transfer dealings but still look to be seeking a central defender plus another striker to provide back up for Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. Lisandro Lopez could cost the Liverpool side anything from £15m which for a player who could still have another four years of goal scoring service may seem to be good business at this time.
Whilst it may well be true that Kenny Dalglish feels he may need another striking option, it seems highly unlikely that he would opt to pay big money for a back up and certainly not one who is 28 years of age. Lisandro Lopez is clearly a player that Liverpool fans know well as the Lyon man netted a crucial late leveler against the Anfield side to help his Lyon side progress to the knock out stages of the Champions League.
The Argentine international is in his third season at the Stade Gerland and has been a success at the Ligue 1 side, netting 45 goals in 86 appearances. The adaptable attacker, who can play on the wing also, was previously a prolific marksman at FC Porto where 63 goals in four seasons and collected four domestic titles in the process so clearly Lopez is a quality striker, would he therefore be keen on making a move to the Premier League to act as an understudy?
Dalglish has Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to call upon as his first choice strike pairing and has Dirk Kuyt and David N’Gog as first team back-up and some decent young prospects coming through the ranks also. Having spent over £100m on new players in 2011 it seems more likely that the Liverpool boss’s next move is more likely to be to beef up his defence.