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Liverpool January Striker Target Not Thinking About Transfer Yet

by Leroy Paine

Shane Long Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion forward not considering Anfield move at present.

Albion favourite Shane Long has told any would-be suitors to forget it as he revels in life at The Hawthorns.

As one of the star turns of the Baggies first months of the campaign, the Ireland international has been the subject of speculation.

But the 25-year-old wants nothing to do with such distractions as he focuses on continuing the most successful spell of his career to date.

Asked about stories linking – among others – Liverpool to his name he said: “I’m not looking at that. I just concentrate on my football. I am enjoying playing this role.

“It’s a lone striker’s job, but when you’ve got the likes of Zoltan Gera and James Morrison behind you, it’s very enjoyable.

“I’m happy at the moment and I’ll let the rumours take care of themselves. It’s flattering but West Brom is a big club as well and I’m enjoying being part of what should be a great season.”

SOURCE: Express and Star

Of course, despite the first line in the story from the Express and Star, Shane Long hasn’t exactly said that clubs looking to buy him can ‘forget it’.

What he actually said was that he would let the rumours take care of themselves – which could mean a number of things, and sounds rather like the typical footballer response of “I am happy here for now but if a big club were to show up with a rather large sum of money, I could easily be convinced to be equally happy somewhere else.”

Long could in fact be exactly the kind of player that Liverpool need.

Though often thought of as purely a finisher, Long participates well in build up play too – and his five goals and four assists in 13 Premier League games illustrate his all-round game.

Shane Long would bring a pace to Liverpool that seems to be missing from the side, with only Raheem Sterling seeming to possess genuinely frightening pace.

The Reds’ play under Brendan Rodgers seems largely in front of the opposing team, and it is rare that a player stretches opposition by running in behind.

Shane Long has been a versatile option for Steve Clarke, both as a starting player and substitute, and Liverpool could be the next to benefit – so long as they can convince him to move to Anfield.

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