Liverpool are being linked with an £8million move for the Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy as the Reds seek to spend some of their Luis Suarez cash.
Whilst it is almost impossible to replace Suarez with a player of equal quality, Remy could add even more pace and goals to a Liverpool team that will once again be looking to mount a Premier League title challenge.
Mark Jones underlines why he thinks a move for Remy would be a good idea…
1. He’s Proved He Can Score In The Premier League
After half a season at Queens Park Rangers which brought six goals and the realisation that he was much better than the vast majority of his teammates who were heading for relegation, Loic Remy joined Newcastle last season and fired 14 goals in 26 matches.
A scoring rate of better than one goal in every two Premier League games certainly has to be respected, and the Frenchman would have scope to even further improve this ratio should he move to Liverpool, who were incredibly free-scoring last season and often created chances at will.
2. He’s Relatively Cheap
The £8million release clause in Remy’s QPR contract is believed to only apply to clubs in the Champions League, hence Arsenal’s reported interest in a player who was spotted watching a Gunners match at the Emirates Stadium last season.
Brendan Rodgers hasn’t been shy to splash the cash this summer already, but the Northern Irishman insists that he hasn’t even made a dent in the £75m coming his way from Catalonia for Luis Suarez. A move for Remy could allow even more of that money to be spent on improving the team elsewhere, especially in defence.
3. He’s Got Champions League Experience
Whilst Liverpool are returning to the Champions League this season, it is easy to forget that the vast majority of their squad have barely played in it.
Europe’s elite competition will be a new experience for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, whilst Daniel Sturridge only had fleeting minutes in it for Chelsea.
Remy, in contrast, played for two seasons in the competition with Marseille, scoring four goals including at home and away to Borussia Dortmund. That knowledge at the top level could be crucial.
4. The Reds Need Another Forward
Rickie Lambert has been signed with specific goals in mind and is likely to be seen coming off the bench more often than not, whilst fellow new arrival Lazar Markovic is going to be eased into the Liverpool team and will play in one of the wide positions in a front three, or perhaps at the top of a midfield diamond like we saw from Sterling last season.
With Sturridge’s injury record somewhat of a concern and Fabio Borini perhaps on his way out, that means that Liverpool do need another forward in order to leave themselves adequately covered for the challenges ahead. Remy can be that man.
5. He Can Play In Different Positions
Remy doesn’t have to just be seen as an understudy for Sturridge though, and can play wide on either side of a front three.
Indeed, France got some joy when they utilised him in wide areas during his brief appearances at the World Cup, with the quarter-final loss to Germany proving somewhat frustrating simply because Remy wasn’t brought on earlier.
His pace, directness and ability to run on to balls over the top worried the Germans somewhat in the closing stages, and as a weapon it could prove important for Liverpool, too.
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