According to reports, Liverpool are set to re-ignite their interest in Southampton's Jay Rodriguez following the collapse of Loic Remy's transfer to Anfield.
Remy failed a medical in the United States after the Merseyside outfit had agreed an £8.5m deal with QPR and now Rodgers will revert his attention to the South Coast in an attempt to secure the services of the one-time England international.
It is thought Rodriguez would welcome an exit from Southampton, considering the exodus that has occurred in recent months, but the Reds will face competition from Tottenham when it comes to thrashing out a deal.
This latest turn of events could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, after all Rodriguez is three years younger and is likely to represent a more long-term investment.
Here’s five reasons why Jay Rodriguez is a perfect fit for Liverpool:
-Versatility; Rodgers will be looking to bring in players who are multi-functional and can operate in different roles and Jay Rodriguez is one of the most versatile forwards in the English top flight. Last season he featured on the left, on the right, and down the middle. He even played in attacking midfield on two occasions, from where he scored twice and registered one of his total three assists.
-Youth; At just 24 years of ageRodriguez is extremely suited to the current club culture at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers has shown a clear preference for young talented, and more often than not, English players during his time on Merseyside and the Southampton-man falls directly under this remit. He has a huge future ahead of him, at both club and international level, and this factor will be at the forefront of any future deal.
-Goal scoring ability; Rodriguez scored 15 Premier League goals last term, converting 20.3% of his chances as he fired the Saints to eighth in the Premier League table. He was the top flight's eighth highest scorer, and the third most prolific Englishman behind Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney. You could be forgiven for forgetting he had been earmarked for a World Cup slot until his injury. His goal scoring ability could soften the blow felt by the loss of Luis Suarez.
-Physical attributes; The former Burnley forward is a pacey customer, and he is equally capable with the ball in the air as he is with possession at his feet. His physical attributes make him an extremely exciting asset. Of Liverpool’s attacking options heading into the new season, only Adam Lallana (70) and Raheem Sterling (92) completed more dribbles than Rodriguez (40 dribbles and 39 aerial duels) last campaign, while Rickie Lambert (68) was only player to win a greater number of aerial duels.
-Defensive contribution; Not only does he produce the goods in the final third, but the Englishman is always on the look-out to support his team-mates at the back. Last term he weighed in with two defensive actions per match; an average superior to any other Southampton or Liverpool forward. He ended the season having contributed with 34 clearances and 23 interceptions, whilst he completed 48% of his attempted tackles.