Anfield side look to beef up striking options.
BRENDAN RODGERS says he is desperate to sign three strikers in January – but has told Andy Carroll he still has no use for him.
There appears to be no way back for record-signing Carroll, who has been loaned to West Ham after 44 games and just six goals since his £35million move from tomorrow’s visitors to Anfield, Newcastle.
Liverpool retain an option to recall the 23-year-old England striker, who has complained that he was not given a real opportunity to make an impression after moving to Merseyside.
But Rodgers, whose only fit senior striker is Luis Suarez, said: “That is not something I have considered.
“There is no point me bringing him back if he is not going to be playing games, but is playing games week- in, week-out for West Ham.
“Andy said when we spoke that he wanted to play and I haven’t thought that will change if he comes back.”
Rodgers has been given the go-ahead by the Anfield board to bring in fresh firepower and is expected to head the chase for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
Rodgers said: “January is a window to freshen up the squad with a number of names.
“At the top end of the field, we need that help and support. That might take two or three players to do that.”
Having netted 12 goals in nine Premier League matches, of which five came in one away trip to Norwich City, Brendan Rodgers is all to aware of his squad’s shortcomings and has set his sights on a number of additions in January and there are three names that appear to lead the Liverpool boss’s wish-list.
Walcott hasn’t started a Premier League match since the opening day of the season, frozen out of first team matters due to his unwillingness to put pen to paper on the offer already on the table.
However when the Arsenal man has come on from the bench he has consistently caused problems and Theo Walcott has now scored seven goals in all competitions despite making only 11 appearances, of which only three were starts.
The fact that the England man can play on the wing, and seemingly up front, would make him a very high priority for Rodgers and clearly he may be available on the cheap in January if he hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal by then.
29 year old Dutchman is apparently on the Anfield radar and is the type of experienced forward who could add balance to a side that is very much geared for the future.
The former Ajax man struggled at both Real Madrid and AC Milan before his move to the Bundesliga rejuvenated Huntelaar’s flagging career. Last term the Dutchman scored an incredible 47 goals in all competitions and has started the current campaign in a similar fashion.
Huntelaar has plied his trade all over Europe and a move to the English top tier may be the just the challenge he is looking for.
Liverpool have set their sights on the Chelsea man, who doesn’t appear to have much of a future at the West London club.
Daniel Sturridge has barely had a look-in this term, making just two sub appearances in the Premier League thus far this term, and it’s no big surprise that the 23 year old is looking to move on.
Under Andre Villas-Boas the England man thrived, even in an unaccustomed wide attacking role, but it seems that Roberto Di Matteo doesn’t have faith in the former Man City man and as such may well be happy to consider offers for the young striker, indeed any issue with a threadbare attack will probably be dealt with in January and could leave Sturridge free to pursue his options.
Currently Chelsea have only two recognised senior strikers and Di Matteo has stuck with Fernando Torres this term and seen the Spaniard experience a marked improvement on last term. The West London side could also opt to recall Romelu Lukaku from West Brom if they felt the Belgian was an option they have more interest in using.
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