Liverpool are still on the hunt for new players, players who would uplift their squad and provide a backup for the main striker of the club, in the current scenario, Daniel Sturridge. And after the likes of Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic, the club has now agreed a deal with QPR to sign French international Loic Remy and a long term Arsenal target, who spent the last season on loan at Newcastle after QPR got eliminated. We take a closer look at the latest striker whom Liverpool are all set to sign.
Loic Remy came through the same training academy as other French players like Benzema and Ben Arfa. He started playing for Lens from 2006 and was later loaned out to Nice in 2008, but his career breakthrough came in 2010 when he signed for Marseille. In 2013 he was set to be an English Premier League striker with two club showing visible interest.
He travelled to England and looked to join the Newcastle squad, but QPR managed to hijack the deal at the last moment, resulting in Alan Pardew showing his frustration. It was reported that QPR got him after they agreed to pay him the ludicrous wage that he demanded and he soon showed why QPR were desperate to get him onboard.
QPR were on the verge of relegation after a disastrous season, but still Remy provided the spark to the team and tried to get them to safety. He scored six goals in 13 matches for the London side, including a stunning side footer against Wigan. But all his efforts could not keep QPR in the safe zone and they were relegated to the second division. By then Remy had established himself as a decent striker in the Premier League.
He ultimately moved to Newcastle in the following season in search for Premier League football after the Magpies agreed to pay the loan fee and the wages of the player. Remy made quite a name for himself in this time as he bagged 14 goals in 24 appearances for his new club, helping the club to stay afloat in the top half of the table. Now it looks like Remy is all set to don the jersey of a new English team as Liverpool are prepared to pay the fee of £8.5 million for his services.
In Remy Liverpool would get a physical striker who can bulldoze the defenders of the other teams and with quality balls he can certainly be effective for the Kops. He has a good eye for goal and Liverpool need someone to step up in the space of Suarez, who scored a record 31 goals for the club last season. With another goalscoring striker in Sturridge, Liverpool hope to make up a lot of the goals that the maverick Uruguayan scored last time.
Remy is no Suarez, but the French man has all the qualities in him to be a decent srike partner for Sturridge. The man who was once considered to be the heir to the throne left behind by Thierry Henry in French football has the pace and acceleration to beat the defender and get into one on one situations with ease. He is primarily a right footed player and when you throw in the left footed Daniel Sturridge into the frame, you have got two players who can add versatility to the attack, something which Rodgers love to work with.
However, the 27-year old striker does come in with a few set of weaknesses. While, Remy may have his fair share of pace in him, he can be at times lazy and lethargic towards his game. His work rate and his final balls inside the opposition half is his major downfall that has deferred him and makes him stand where he is now. Since his debut for the Les Blues in 2009 he has just managed to get 24 caps for the national team.
Albeit, for the reported fee, I would say it is a good bit of business by Rodgers. The Reds have made it a point to prefer players who are experienced in the Premier League and the Adam Lallana signing validates that. Remy is also in his third season in the Premier League and he is already a proven material.
Liverpool have a decent signing for them at a nominal fee and it can be good value for money for the Merseysiders.
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