Liverpool’s goalscoring problems could soon become a thing of the past if they step up their pursuit of the Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.
The 25-year-old is known to be unhappy at Atletico Madrid following his big money move there from Porto in the summer, and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are seeking to exploit the Reds’ good relations with the Spanish club to bring in one of the world’s finest natural goalscorers.
Falcao scored a competition record 17 times as Porto won the Europa League last season, and although things haven’t gone as smoothly as he would have liked since moving to Atletico – who are currently 10th in the La Liga table – he has still managed 14 goals in 22 appearances.
A move for the talented Colombian may have to wait until the summer, but Liverpool have made it clear to the forward’s club that they wish to be first in the queue ahead of any potential sale.
Blackburn, Norwich and Swansea have all scored more goals at home than Liverpool have managed at Anfield this season, with a wastefulness in front of goal to blame for the Reds drawing seven of their 11 Premier League matches in front of their own fans.
The signing of Falcao would certainly address that problem, but with Atletico unlikely to accept much of a loss on their record signing it would take a bid in the region of £30m for Liverpool to land their man.
Dalglish’s desperation in search of goals may lead them to make that move now, but the Reds are more than likely going to be forced to wait until the summer to try and land a man who they feel can form a deadly partnership with his fellow South American Luis Suarez.