Why Liverpool would have been better off signing Remy - even with his injury problems

Loic Remy

The Reds turned down the opportunity to sign the Chelsea striker in the summer.

Only one thing is for certain when it comes to Liverpool at the moment: if the Anfield side would have signed Loic Remy in the summer, their two best strikers would both be on the injury table right now - there are no two ways about it.

And that makes the club's official line that they rejected the striker as he failed a medical look rather more wise than it did at the time. In that sense, the Reds have been proven 100 per cent right, with Chelsea the fall guys for eventually signing him instead.

But whether Liverpool are better off without Remy - even when injured - is a totally different matter.

Debates will rage on and on about Mario Balotelli, with his harshest critics lambasting him and his biggest fans suggesting he is a scapegoat for the 'English press' when he is far from the only underperformer at Anfield.

And Balotelli certainly isn't the only underperformer at Anfield. But he is an underperformer that has given himself a 7/10 for his time so far at Liverpool. A seven that is closer to a one for a lot of fans and even a three for generous ones.

He is also the only underperformer posting adverts where he pretends to float in mid-air and smile, not caring at all that his current form does not make him a role model professional in any way.

So, had the Reds signed 27-year-old Remy instead of the Italian, they would have had a goalscorer who scored with his first meaningful touch for Chelsea - and who has already adapted to the Premier League. The fact that he is injured is one thing - but it means Liverpool would have at least had a capable striker when the Frenchman was fit. After all, in just a handful of minutes, Remy has scored more goals in the league and Champions League than Balotelli all season.

While he was out, meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers would have been forced to use Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert, instead of leaving them both out in the cold while paying them their wages all the same every week.

It is a distant universe now but, if Liverpool had signed Remy instead of Chelsea, it might have worked out for the better, even if he did spend long periods out injured.

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