Liverpool have again been linked with Olympiakos' in-form striker Kostas Mitroglou. The 25-year-old has scored 14 goals in as many games this season and has attracted interest across Europe. Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be monitoring his progress.
Arsenal do need another striker to support Olivier Giroud, as currently there is only Nicklas Bendtner. Lukas Podolski could play centrally but has often played out wide under Wenger. Giroud has been in great form for them, and has been superbly supported by the midfield. They are likely to move for a striker in January and Mitroglou could arrive for a reasonable price.
Borussia Dortmund meanwhile will be preparing for the departure of star striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker could leave in a cut-price deal in January with the club reportedly willing to let him leave to a foreign club to avoid Bayern Munich signing him on a free transfer. If Lewandowski does leave in January then they would require an immediate replacement. Mitroglou could be tempted having played in Germany before with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Kostas Mitroglou has already scored three hat-tricks this season and has helped his club to the top of the Greek Super League. Olympiakos have 22 points from eight games, with 24 goals scored and only two conceded. Mitroglou has been with the club since 2007 and loan spells at fellow Greek sides Panionios and Atromitos yielded 24 goals in 39 games. 12 in eight league games this year has led to European clubs taking notice of the Greek international. Arsenal currently have Joel Campbell on loan at Olympiakos which could help them with a move for Mitroglou.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have had a superb start to the season, and couldn't be replaced by anyone right now. With Rodgers liking the idea of two up front, they would be short if one of the aforementioned were to pick up an injury. Sturridge coped up front on his own well when Suarez was banned, and with Coutinho returning he could play off the front man. There is still Victor Moses, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Iago Aspas capable of playing as attacking players. Obviously Liverpool would be a big move for Mitroglou, but he would find it hard to secure a first team place. With the possibility of tactical rotation, the move for an extra striker isn't a necessity for Brendan Rodgers, but perhaps more of a luxury.
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