Transfer Bin: Liverpool interested in ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou

Salomon Kalou Ivory Coast

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Salomon Kalou, but they do not need him following the return of Fabio Borini.

Reports this weekend claimed Liverpool were keeping a close eye on Lille striker Salomon Kalou with thoughts of a possible summer move.

The Metro claimed the former Chelsea striker was on the radar of both the Reds and Arsenal, after the 28-year-old netted 16 goals and set up another five this season.

The problem is, why would Liverpool want or need Kalou given the players already at their disposal?

If Brendan Rodgers needed a front-man to act as back-up to Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a move for the Ivory Coast hit-man might make sense. But the story came less than 24 hours after Rodgers sang the praises of Fabio Borini, who scored in a friendly match against Shamrock Rovers last week.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Rodgers said of the former Sunderland loanee, “I thought he was excellent.

“He’ll now come back a year later into our squad in the summer. You saw with his pace and his power and his ability to get a goal that he’s going to add to the quality that we already have.”

That he will, and given the goal-scoring threat of the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, one suspects that Kalou is not a player Liverpool will need even with the added demands of Champions League football next season.

A midfield-creator with the ability to score – someone in the mould of Roberto Firmino or Ivan Rakitic – is likely to be the player Rodgers spends big on this summer; and if he can get his hands on one of those, watch Liverpool soar.

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