No matter what happens at Liverpool Football Club they will always have the ability to attract players to their club based solely on their prestige and historical importance.
One of the main factors surrounding the excitement of a potential move to Liverpool for a burgeoning talent has been and will always be Anfield. The ground holds huge importance toward many an aspiring footballer.
One such player who has recently been speaking of his desire to one day enjoy the feeling of scoring in front of the famous Kop has been Emmanuel Emenike.
The Spartak Moscow striker has already had the joy of taking in the atmosphere of a packed stadium bellowing out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ when he faced Celtic at Parkhead in the Champions League earlier this season and now he wants to add the hum of the Kop to that résumé of audible footballing moments:
"It is paper talk at the moment, but a club like Liverpool makes people dream. Growing up in Africa, you hear about the Kop and you want to score goals at that end. It would be amazing, like winning the Africa Cup of Nations. I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and, if the opportunity arrives, I will be happy."
The striker has been linked with a move to Liverpool in some recent press reports but as you can see in his statement above he clearly states that there has not been any formal contact with the club yet and it is simply paper-talk.
He could be a brilliant signing for a Premier League club as he has proven in recent months. The 25-year-old finished the African Cup of Nations as the top goalscorer in South Africa as the Super Eagles won the title of kings of Africa.
He has scored five goals in the Russian Premier League this season and three in the Champions League including two against Celtic; which are not exactly eye watering statistics but he certainly has raw potential.
Strong, fast and direct he may well be suited to the Premier League but if he has the technical ability to fit in the Brendan Rodgers is another question entirely. He could act as a good back-up for the likes of Suarez and Sturridge but realistically he just doesn’t quite fit the Liverpool mould.
Do you think Emenike should be given the chance to score in front of the Kop?
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