Liverpool spent big on a Uruguayan from the Dutch league last January, and history could be about to repeat itself as their goalscoring problems continue into 2012.
The Reds drew a blank at home to Stoke City on Saturday as Andy Carroll was left on the bench and Dirk Kuyt started alone upfront, but Kenny Dalglish may have found the answer to overcome the absence of the banned Luis Suarez by picking up a player whose background is remarkably similar to the controversial 24-year-old.
Twenty-year-old David Texeira only moved to Dutch club FC Groningen – Suarez’s first club in Europe – last August, but seven goals in 12 league appearances have made the continent sit up and take notice of the Uruguay under-20 international.
Born in the region of Salto – the same area as both Suarez and Napoli hot-shot Edinson Cavani – Texeira has inevitably drawn comparisons with Uruguay’s two hottest properties.
Liverpool picked up Suarez for £22m last January after the forward had left Groningen and enjoyed four successful years at Ajax, but the Reds know that if they act quickly over Texeira then they will be able to save themselves a fortune.
As well as Suarez, Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates is also at Anfield, and the Reds would expect to shell out a similar £6m fee to the one they paid the centre-back’s club Nacional for Texeira, who they feel can make an immediate impact in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s problems in front of goal – particularly during home games – have been well documented this season, and although Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have looked at more established names to fill the goalscoring gap, the club’s policy of recruiting young players has led them to who they hope is Suarez the second.