21 goals in 2014: Swansea's Bony is the perfect plan B for Liverpool

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool should sign Swansea's Wilfried Bony in January - is he the perfect player for the Reds?

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher hopes his former side make a big-money bid for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

The Merseyside outfit's attacking frailties have been well documented of late and the ex-Reds defender believes Bony is the perfect solution to the club's lack of goals.  

Speaking after the Swans' weekend defeat to Tottenham, Carragher said: "I hope Liverpool sign him [Bony]."

"If Liverpool sign [Mario] Balotelli for £16m, Bony is worth £20 million or £25 million.

"I wish Liverpool got him this summer and I hope they're looking at him in the future."

There's no doubt Bony would be a fantastic addition at Anfield. The former Vitesse striker has been in exceptional form since his 2013 summer move. 

Already this season he has eight goals to his name, having converted just short of 15% of his scoring opportunities. The Ivorian is the Premier League's top scorer for the calendar year, having scored 21 times in total.

  TeamGoalsShot Conversion (%)Total Shots/ AppBig Chance ScoredBig Chance MissedDribbles/ AppAerial Win/ AppAppsMins
Wilfried Bony Swansea 8 14 3.56 7 2 0.69 2.69 16 1,117
Rickie Lambert Liverpool 1 8 0.92 1 3 0.08 2.38 13 535
Mario Balotelli Liverpool 0 0 4.2 0 7 0.6 0.5 10 730
Fabio Borini Liverpool 0 0 1.2 0 0 0.2 0.4 5 156

There's no doubt the Swansea man has outperformed the centre forwards at Brendan Rodgers' disposal. Daniel Sturridge aside, the Reds strike force have notched just one league goal between them this season; a pitiful total. 

Balotelli has been the biggest disappointment, missing a woeful seven guilt-edge opportunities. The Italian's performance against United summed up his recent form. In just 45 minutes he managed more shots at goal than any other player, and yet he was still unable to score.

Bony's hold-up play is exceptional, while his movement and powerful physique makes him a tremendous handful for defenders. Not only is he effective with the ball at his feet, he proves a consistent threat in the air, as the statistics show. 

The Ivorian is capable of playing as a lone striker, as he does for Swansea, or in a two-man partnership, alongside Sturridge.

He is not a player tailored for the high-tempo brand of football that nearly brought the title to Anfield last season, but he would offer an effective plan B for the Reds - something Balotelli has so far been unable to provide. 

Nevertheless, the Swans will be reluctant to sell, especially considering their star man only signed a new contract in November. Realistically, he would demand a fee far greater than that suggested by Carragher - a price the Liverpool hierarchy could be unwilling to pay. 

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