Liverpool FC is bracing itself for a third bid from Manchester City for their young forward Raheem Sterling. The Reds are reluctant to sell the ‘winger come striker’ andas suchare demanding a huge fee which is believed to be in the region of £50m. With City seriously lacking in ‘home grown players they have made Sterling their priorty target, and have already had two bids rejected. The England International has also attracted interest from Bayer Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Sterling has been long expected to leave this window and Liverpool have already brought in not one, but two readymade replacements in Ings & Firmino. They have also brought in Bobby Adekanye who is an attacking wide player. They’re just three of an impressive seven signings with the window barely open a week.
But LFC is far from finished, especially with the pressing need of a genuine world class striker. The Reds lacked a cutting edge last season and it cost them dear. Although the window has been productive so far, it won’t be seen as a success until a striker with experience is recruited. So who have the Mighty Reds been linked with..?
Well, the list is huge with a few of the big names who have already moved on. But there are a couple of names that keep cropping up, mainly Christian Benteke, and more recently Man United’s hit man Javier Hernandez.
Villa front man Benteke splits opinion among the Kopites with those unconvinced claiming that he is too hot and cold and goes missing during the big games (seems to score against us every time we face him). There is also the stumbling block of the striker’s buyout clause, believed to be over £30m. But no one can deny he has made a big impact since his arrival in EPL.
And then there is Hernandez. The Mexican is prolific for the national team, but less so at club level. Still, he has a better goal ratio than any of LFC’s current crop of strikers. Out of favour with Van Gaal the striker and desperate for a move from OT, could he be the first player to make a direct move between the two clubs since the 1960s? He is currently injured and expected to miss much of pre season.