The 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact with the Reds since arriving in 2012, managing a paltry three goals in 38 appearances in two full seasons with the team. There was a brief interlude where he went on loan to Sunderland, where some success was had as he hit the back of the net ten times in 40 matches.
His stay in English football could be ending soon though, with a season-long loan deal reportedly agreed with the Serie A side. A £4 million fee will be required to complete a permanent move to La Viola next summer.
The news will come as a blow to West Ham United, who have also been linked to the player [Daily Mirror].
A move to Fiorentina could prove to be a happy return to Italy for the striker, who enjoyed what was perhaps his most successful time there while with AS Roma. While on loan with the Giallorossi for a single campaign, he managed ten goals in 26 appearances.
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Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to be too worried about losing the forward, having made several signings in the area this summer. Danny Ings, Christian Benteke, and Roberto Firmino will all be charged with bolstering the Merseyside outfit’s goalscoring in the coming season.
The success of these new additions will be key after the team struggled to a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League last time round. A major problem was their inability to hit the back of the net after the departure of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes.