The Reds are actively looking for replacements for Luis Suarez who will sign for £75 million for Barcelona. Brendan Rodgers had reportedly identified Swansea striker Wilfried Bony as a primary target to come in at Anfield but the Swans could ask for up to £19 million for the Ivorian.
The Mirror suggests the Merseyside giants could instead turn to Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez who is currently injured. The 24-year-old Englishman scored 15 goals in 30 appearances for the Saints in the Premier League last term and added three assists.
However, 25-year-old Bony scored 16 goals in 34 appearances in the Premier League for the Swans and made four assists, if the Reds feel that doesn’t justify a £19 million outlay, perhaps Rodriguez could be considered as an alternative. However, one would suspect, having already sold Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw this summer, Southampton would be reluctant to sell yet another one of their star players, especially after losing their manager to Tottenham.
Initial reports suggest Rodriguez could fetch up to £10 million which is around half the price being suggested for Bony but with £75 million coming in for the sale of Suarez, is money really the issue for Liverpool?
Whilst Rodriguez had a fine season at St Mary’s last term, his previous tallies in both the Premier League and Championship have been a lot less impressive. In 35 appearances in 2012/13 he managed just six goals and in 37 appearances in the second tier of English football in 2011/12 with Burnley he managed 15 goals. That is hardly the mark of a world-class player, which is what Liverpool are losing in Luis Suarez.
In my estimation, Bony would represent the more adequate signing for the Reds. The Ivory Coast international has consistently scored goals wherever he has played. In the Eredivisie with Vitesse he scored 31 goals in 30 games in 2012/13 which is, although a less intense league, around about the return of Suarez and now that he has a season in the Premier League under his belt, he is acclimatized, he would likely be the better buy for Liverpool of the two.
Bony cost Swansea £12 million just 12 months ago and whilst £19 million is a big price hike, one would expect him to cost more than Rodriguez who reportedly cost the Saints £7 million two years ago. For a club who have £75 million to spend on top talent, £19 million on a top-level striker is not a lot to spend in context.