Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have had their worst start to a season for 50 years and there is an early season cloud hanging over Anfield. It’s nothing Rodgers can’t fix but when he looked to his bench in need of a striking option during Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal he was left with few options.
When the transfer window closed, Andy Carroll left to reignite his love affair with Kevin Nolan and the Anfield club were left without a £35million pony-tailed plan B.
Luis Suarez is leading the line alongside Fabio Borini who as yet, has failed to shine in front of the Kop. So Brendan Rodgers has to turn to free agents. And amongst the crocked, the ancient and the useless, there are the occasional gems.
Now linked with Liverpool, Alessandro Del Peiro would be by far the most romantic signing for the Reds. The 37-year-old spent almost two decades at Juventus where he won six Serie A titles and a Champions League medal amongst a whole host of medals knocking about in his cabinet.
Didier Drogba single-handedly won the Champions League for Chelsea before moving to Shanghai Shenhua in the summer. The Chinese club are reportedly in financial trouble and the 34-year-old could be looking for a new club if his contract gets cancelled.
Then there are several former Liverpool players who could make their return. Florent Sinama-Pongolle was a hotly tipped youngster and moved to Anfield in 2001. Despite not living up to his reputation he did score against Olympiacos on the way to that famous 2005 Champions League victory and would the 4-3-3 system preferred by Rodgers.
Robbie Fowler scored 128 goals in a Liverpool jersey and the man they call ‘God’ would be welcomed back to Merseyside with open arms. But can the 37-year-old still cut it in the top flight? Then there’s Emile Heskey. His return of 39 league goals wasn’t staggering but he brought the best out of Michael Owen – could he strike up a similar partnership with Suarez?
Who do you think Liverpool need to get the goals?