Video analysis - what are Liverpool getting in £8.5m striker Remy?

Loic Remy

QPR striker Loic Remy appears set for a move to Liverpool - but what are the Reds getting for £8.5m?

The French international, 27, is flying out to Boston to complete his move to the Reds, as Brendan Rodgers' side are out in the United States on a pre-season tour. An £8.5m fee was agreed between Liverpool and QPR over the weekend, and the striker who scored 13 goals during a loan spell with Newcastle United last season looks set to be the latest attacking player to join Liverpool, as they look to replace the departed Luis Suarez.

Remy is a well known name given his dispalys with Newcastle last season, but what exactly does the former Lyon and Marseille man offer to Liverpool?


Remy is known for his pace, regularly getting in behind defences to cause the opposition problems. Liverpool flourished with a number of players like that last season, as the aforementioned Suarez teamed up with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling to create one of the most devastating counter-attacking sides in football. Below, against Tottenham Hotspur last season, we see Remy come alive when Newcastle win the ball high up the pitch, and he latches on to a perfect through ball, outpaces the defence and the goalkeeper before tucking home. Given this blistering speed, Remy appears to be a great fit for Liverpool's attack.


Too many players have that amazing speed, but don't have the composure or awareness to make the most of it. Loic Remy is not one of those players. Against Aston Villa in the video below, the scene is thus; Newcastle have gone four home games without a win or a goal. Ron Vlaar had prevented any attempt from Remy in the game so far. Yet, in stoppage time, a deflection presents Remy with a chance to win the game. Rather than let the pressure of the situation get to him, rather than snatch at it having finally received the ball in a goalscoring position, Remy showed outstanding composure to not only leave Vlaar on the ground by turning away from him, but then took his time before smashing in the winning goal. 

Predatory instincts

Sometimes, you don't have time to take a touch and set yourself up. Sometimes, you just have to know when to be in the right place at the right time - and Remy showed this on a number of occasions for the Magpies last season. Here against Norwich City, the ball into the box comes through a number of bodies before finally reaching Remy, and he shows great instincts to react quickly and divert the ball into the net. They don't all have to be pretty, and Remy did actually impress as a poacher for Newcastle.

Based on the success of Liverpool's other strikers under Rodgers, Remy is of a similar mould and proved during his time with Newcastle that he has what it takes to score regularly in the Premier League. As written, it doesn't always have to be pretty - but Remy has even shown that he's able to produce the utterly magnificent with this stunning striker during his time at Queens Park Rangers. With pace, composure and predatory instincts, Remy looks to be a bargain at just £8.5m - and should at least replace some of the goals scored by Suarez.

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