The Daily Telegraph has reported the rumour that Arsenal star Theo Walcott could be open to a move to Liverpool if there is no agreement between him and the Gunners over a new contract at the Emirates.
On the surface it would seem like a good move all round; Arsenal get an expensive player off their books and Liverpool get an experienced attacking player coming into their squad.
However, it’s a move, which would be problematic for Walcott and one where he could experience similar problems to those he’s faced at Arsenal.
Walcott’s down the pecking order at the Gunners. He’s behind wide men like Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Arsene Wenger prefers Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck through the middle.
It’s difficult for him to get into that team, but there is an argument to suggest that unless he adapted to a different position at Liverpool, his problems would be the same.
Raheem Sterling is the obvious first choice down the right while Daniel Sturridge is first choice in attack, with the possibility that Brendan Rodgers could sign another forward in the transfer market this summer.
Liverpool are also playing with a tactical system, which requires their players in wide areas to weigh in heavily in terms of the defensive work they put in.
It’s debatable whether Walcott has that discipline, which would give Liverpool a problem and an obvious area for their opposition to attack in big games.
All Walcott will want is to play and it’s difficult for him to push too hard for a new contract at the Gunners when he’s started just three games in the Premier League this season.
He may well choose to move at the end of the season, but whether Liverpool should be the club he intends to join is doubtful because the problems he’s experiencing at the moment may just repeat themselves.