Why Liverpool should be targeting Arsenal-linked Loic Remy

Loic Remy

Some reports are suggesting the French international will be at the Emirates Stadium for the season ahead, but he may well have been a good fit at Anfield.

Arsenal are closing in on Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy according to reports in the press this morning. 

Remy joined QPR in January 2013 in a bid to keep the side in the Premier League, and after their relegation the French international spent a season on loan at Newcastle United. Now it looks as if he will be joining Arsenal, who also look to complete the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.

Liverpool competed with Arsenal to sign Sanchez from Barcelona, but maybe Remy is one player they should have fought the Gunners tooth and nail for.

The first part is obvious, Liverpool are going to be a striker light given the imminent sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. He is going to be a hard man to replace, but as soon as Suarez departs the Reds will have Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini in their ranks. Iago Aspas is still at the club but it looks unlikely he will be at Anfield beyond this summer. 

A lot of the Reds games involves their use of pace, something which Remy has plenty of, and he would slot well into their side, especially combined with the technical ability of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana - not to mention his play could actually compliment the playing style of Daniel Sturridge.

Then there is his goalscoring record. So far during his time in the Premier League he has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances, a goal every two games is a decent goalscoring record at the highest level, never mind in sides that have been relegated from the top flight in QPR, and a side that had an awful second half to the season in Newcastle United.

One would think that in a side with better service, and is more prolific in front of goal, then the 27-year-old could get in excess of 20 league goals per season. Suarez got 31 for Liverpool last term, and Remy could have gone some way to filling those big shoes.

There is also the factor of experience of playing in the Champions League. If nothing else, he is a player with decent pedigree and experience. Combine that with his other skills and he one would find it hard to argue if he was part of Brendan Rodgers's recruitment drive this summer. 

But as it stands, if Arsenal do land Remy, they have certainly improved their squad with a very capable centre-forward.

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