January window can’t come quick enough for Liverpool following latest striker blow


Liverpool are counting down the days until the January window opens.

Letting Andy Carroll join West Ham United on loan on deadline day in August has proven to be a nightmare for Brendan Rodgers, who was unable to draft in a replacement before the window closed. This has been sorely felt by the Reds, who have scored just nine goals in seven Premier League matches.

Although Fabio Borini has yet to get off the mark following his £11million summer arrival, it is nonetheless a blow to learn that the 21-year-old faces spell on the sidelines after sustaining a broken bone in his right foot whilst on international duty. This leaves Rodgers with just Luis Suarez as a recognised first team option, and the Irishman will be counting down the days until January 1 when he will be able to bring in long overdue reinforcements.

The Anfield boss is already looking at potential recruitments, with Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea one of his top targets. The former Manchester City youngster is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and with a central striker role unlikely to be handed to him by Roberto Di Matteo, he would likely jump at the chance of a move to Merseyside in the winter.

Another player who is nearing the end of their contract is Spanish international Fernando Llorente, who looks poised to leave Atletico Madrid. However, the 27-year-old craves UEFA Champions League football, and as Rodgers is unable to offer him such a platform, the La Liga ace is more likely to end up in Serie A, with Italian champions Juventus known admirers.

Turkey international Burak Yilmaz is also thought to have caught the attention of the Liverpool coach. The 27-year-old was a prolific goalscorer for Trabzonspor, scoring 55 times in 74 league games, and he has banged in five in four appearances for Galatasaray this season. But he only joined the Istanbul giants in the summer, so is unlikely to move on just six months into his spell.

Other strikers linked with a move to the Reds include Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Newcastle United ace Demba Ba, Hamburg youngster Son Heung-Min, and Benfica’s Argentine international Nicolas Gaitan. There is also speculation that Carroll could cut short his loan spell at Upton Park. Whoever Rodgers decides on, he can barely wait to cheer in the beginning of 2013.

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