Liverpool turn to Berahino after Balotelli flop

By on October 27, 2014

After Liverpool’s devastating start to this season, it is no longer up for debate whether or not Luis Suarez’s statement that he single handedly propelled the Reds to a second place finish last term is true or not. Having also missed the services of Danny Sturridge early into the season, Brendan Rodgers’ men have managed only 14 points from 9 games and after yesterday’s poor outing against Hull City, the Reds have found themselves in an interim 7th place pending the outcome of the Manchester United vs Chelsea match.

To cushion the effect of Luis Suarez’s transfer, the Anfield boss had sought for succour in Italian forward, Mario Balotelli who until recently was with AC Milan. Rodgers believed that a player of Balotelli’s stature with ample Premier League experience would bring to the team, the poise and power and class that is needed to sustain their last season’s feat, but since his arrival, the former Manchester City forward has been unstable to say the least. Although many pundits have maintained that the blames are not only Balotelli’s to bear as the duo of Steven Gerard and Jordan Henderson have also been coming up empty, but the forward has scored just once for his current employers and that is bad for business.

However, Brendan Rodgers cannot continue to hope on Balotelli who he actually gambled on in the first place and has resolved to make a move on West Brom’s Saido Berahino who had earlier been a subject of Tottenham’s £15m bid. It was reported that the Baggies believed that their 21-year-old is worth a lot more than the price the White Hart Lane outfit were offering and are demanding a fee in excess of £25m.

Berahino has impressed exceedingly since the beginning of the season scoring 11 goals for the England Under-21 and the Baggies, and with the way things are churning out, Rodgers may consider cutting his loss on his misfiring Italian and get Berahino instead, although it remains to be seen how easy it will be to see off Mario as soon as January. Whether they are able to offload the summer arrival or not, it is almost certain that Liverpool will strive to match the price tag on Berahino, at least to bring back some of the ferocity that the club has lacked since the exit of their prolific Uruguayan.

To explain the extent of desperation among the top echelons at Anfield, Rodgers is also said to be closely monitoring Swansea’s Wilfred Bony. Obviously, the Anfield boss wants to come back strong by the New Year.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

 

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