Anfield side tracking Copa America trio.
Liverpool are in talks to bring in a new forward with Sky Sports reporting that the Anfield side has taken a keen interest in three South American stars.
Sky Sources: Liverpool have held talks with forwards Roberto Firmino, Carlos Bacca & Salomon Rondon #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 23, 2015
The Merseyside outfit saw their attack misfire in a big way in 2014/15 and it’s no surprise Brendan Rodgers is looking to improve his options in the final third.
In the 2013/14 season, Liverpool racked up over 100 Premier League goals, whilst last season they scored just 52.
The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona was always going to leave Liverpool weakened up front and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes didn’t help matters as Rodgers saw his side fail to secure that all-important top-four finish.
Of the three targets named by Sky Sports, the most in-demand would be 23-year-old Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who is also known to be a Manchester United target [Globo Esporte via the Daily Star], and is approaching the peak of his powers following two strong campaigns with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
Colombian Carlos Bacca’s physique would make the Sevilla man an ideal Premier League striking weapon, though at 28, the powerful forward has thus far just two seasons of experience in Europe’s ‘big’ leagues.
Former Malaga man Salomon Rondon has made a real impact since moving to Zenit St. Petersburg, helping Andre Villas-Boas’s side to a Russian Premier League title last season, scoring 13 goals in 26 RPL outings. The fact that the Venezuela international is set for Champions League action next season could act as a real obstacle in Liverpool’s pursuit of the marksman.
Rodgers has already brought in Danny Ings, who was a free agent following the expiry of his Burnley contract [via the club’s official website], but the Liverpool manager may feel he needs another addition to boost his front-line.
Last summer’s striker signings, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, both experienced hugely disappointing debut campaigns, and it is no surprise that Rodgers is looking for new blood.