Reds want Republic of Ireland international at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is considering making a shock move for West Bromwich Albion front man Shane Long before the January transfer window closes at the end of this month.
The Republic of Ireland international, currently out of the Baggies starting line-up through injury, has had an impressive first half of the season for Steve Clarke’s men, scoring five Premier League goals, as well as assisting in many others.
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And, it is this form in front of goal that has brought the 25-year-old to the attention of the Reds head coach, who knows the centre forward well from when the pair worked together at Reading.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has shown a tendency to favour signing players he has worked with in the past, with Fabio Borini and Joe Allen – both formerly with Rodgers at Swansea – recent examples of this transfer strategy.
With this in mind, it is no surprise to see that the Northern Irishman is pursuing West Brom forward Shane Long, with whom he worked at Reading.
After £12m signing Daniel Sturridge’s fine start to life at Anfield and Fabio Borini’s return to fitness, Liverpool are suddenly looking well-equipped in the striking department, particularly with the form of Luis Suarez showing no sign of taking a dive…unlikely the player himself, of course.
Even so, Rodgers may feel that another forward is needed if Liverpool are to make a sustained push for the top six in the second half of this season and continue to progress in the Europa League. Shane Long has earned a number of plaudits for his performances at West Brom in the past few seasons, and knows where the net is.
The player has found himself overshadowed this season by Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie and the skillful forward may feel that the time is right to leave the Hawthorns.
The 25-year-old is a hard-worker and who likes to play with a strike partner. The Republic of Ireland international may not be the most glamorous name, but he has the attributes to form a potent partnership with Suarez, particularly if Rodgers wants to utilise Sturridge on the wing – a move that would add more pace to Liverpool’s flanks.