The striker who could be Liverpool’s perfect summer signing

With a new striker almost certain to be arriving at Anfield, Vincent Ralph suggests one possible transfer target.

Following his side’s 0-0 draw with Everton, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers gave a brief glimpse into his transfer plans.

We need to find one or two players who can make the difference in games like this,” he said.

He has one such player in Luis Suarez. But he is unable to call on him for some time yet.

And even when the Uruguayan returns, Rodgers must ensure he has alternatives for any dry spells, indiscretions or bad luck that may befall his star striker.

It is almost certain that at least one new forward will be arriving at Anfield this summer. But while many top sides are linked with a particular name, the Reds are simply rumoured to have a space to fill.

There has been talk of a move for QPR’s Loic Remy, but Liverpool are just one of many said to be interested in the Frenchman.

And while others can entice with the promise of European football, Rodgers must be realistic in his targets and what he can offer them, at least in the short-term.

Which is why there is a player close to home – once linked with countless sides and who has just saved his current one – who would be the perfect capture.

A player with 33 goals in 52 games this season, and one who at just 23 has amassed 117 goals in just four years.

As useless as many statistics prove to be, that one bears repeating: 23-years-old, 117 goals, in four seasons.

That player is Jordan Rhodes. The Scottish striker who scores wherever he goes, and who almost single-handedly saved Blackburn Rovers from a second successive relegation.

Rhodes ended this season having bagged 47% of Blackburn’s total goals.

The point is: Rhodes is prolific. And despite the fact that he has never scored in the top flight, you sense it is only because he has never played in it.

People questioned whether he could transfer his League One form to the Championship. Now they may question his ability in the top flight.

But Rhodes is that rare breed who just knows where the goal is.

Still only 23, Rhodes fits the template of Liverpool’s recent signings – a young player with innate ability and a hunger to improve.

He wouldn’t come cheap, having cost Blackburn £8 million and with four years remaining on his contract.

And as inept as Rovers’ owners Venky’s appear to be, surely even they wouldn’t sanction the departure of one of the few rays of hope for the Ewood Park faithful.

But then again maybe they would.

Should Liverpool move for Rhodes?  And how good could he be for the Reds?

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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