It was always going to be the case that all Liverpool fans feared but its only taken less than two months for Brendan Rodgers to face the striker nightmare. Asking your players to Man Up! unfortunately will not apply in this case.
Borini was hurt during training ahead of Italy Under-21s’ Euro 2013 play-off with Sweden on Friday, the Liverpool Echo reported on its website Thursday. The immediate response from the media was swift with many taking the opportunity to foot the blame at Rodgers door. In contrast to some opinion there is little evidence to support the view that it was Rodgers who failed to deliver on transfer deadline day.
Speaking back in August he said ” the summer transfer dealings “didn’t quite go to plan” but insists he was right to trim a bloated and overpaid squad and that “going forward a great deal of learning has taken place.”
“Every manager always wants more players but the reality of where the club is at their needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad,” he said.
Liverpool Will have no doubt been planning to balance the books, further credence to that has come with the news that Damien Comolli has now reached a financial settlement after his departure in April. The wage bill is likely to receive further surgery with the news that Alexander Doni is set to leave the club. Cutting the wage bill is by far the quickest way to generate transfer funds for January transfer window and Doni is unlikely to be the last player to go before January 31st.
Liverpool today have been strongly linked to Celtic Striker Gary Hooper who Joined the Hoops in July 2010 for £2.4m from Scunthorpe United. A potential £7m in January is thought to be in the offing after it was claimed that Hooper is upset that numerous promises have been broken by the club regarding the new contract.
Hooper has all the main attributes to play as a striker, he is strong and can hold up the ball well. He is also a good finisher, he has been described as being a ‘penalty box striker’. However, he can also pass the ball well and this allows midfielders to play off him. He has received praise since moving to Scotland.
Newspaper The Daily Record described him as being one of the most skilled attackers in the SPL. They also said that he had shown that he could deal with the physical nature of the Scottish game, due to his ability to ride a challenge well. He is able to play the game at a very high tempo and has a very good first touch.