Theo Walcott is the latest player to be linked with a move to Liverpool.
The 23-year-old currently plays for Arsenal and is meeting the Arsenal top brass this week in an attempt to discuss issues relating to his long term future at the club.
The last time a senior Arsenal player (Robin Van Persie) held such a discussion it ended up in an announcement that heralded the parting of ways between player and club. Many Arsenal fans will be hoping that this scenario will not replicate itself in Walcott's case as well.
Liverpool are keenly monitoring the discussions and seem ready to pounce if there is a stalemate. It is rumoured that the club may be willing to part with as much as 15 million pounds for Walcott's signature. Judging by past experiences this offer may be too much for Arsene Wenger to ignore. Chelsea are also in the frame having indicated that they would enter into a bidding war for the player with Liverpool if he decides to leave Arsenal.
Liverpool had a torrid time getting goals last season and relied heavily on Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson and at times Martin Kelly from the back to provide the width going forward. This was however at the expense of defending. Stewart Downing who was one of the players expected to fill in this position was largely ineffective last season as was Dirk Kuyt who has now left the club.
The younger players in the squad such as 18 year old starlet Raheem Sterling and 19-year-old Jesus 'Suso' Fernandez (often touted as the new David Silva) though viable options for this position are still being groomed and hence the club needs an instant fix to alleviate this problem.
Theo Walcott is blessed with electric pace and dazzling on the ball skills. At Arsenal he is usually deployed on the right wing as a wide forward. He is also a proven goal scorer having scored 47 times for Arsenal so far and has also made 42 assists over the same period making him one of the most productive and prolific strikers in the English Premier League.
Former Arsenal seniors Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri indicated a lack of passion , focus and desire to win trophies as a main reason as to why they chose to call time on their careers at the Emirates. This was also the main theme in Robin Van Persie's statement when he confirmed that he would not renew his contract. Walcott may in the same vein feel that he stands a better chance of winning a trophy at Anfield than at the Emirates.
There is also the assurance of continuous first team football: Liverpool are expected to operate around a 4-3-3 formation that Rodgers deployed to good effect at Swansea last term. Walcott if signed will partner with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini in a lethal set up that may just be the perfect attacking combination. This assurance will make a Liverpool bid more attractive than a Chelsea offer because Walcott's playing time will be severely limited at the Blues where there are several attacking options.
To consolidate the attacking positions Rodgers is believed to be interested in making an offer for talented play-maker and midfield maestro Joe Allen in a clear attempt to re-introduce an exciting brand of attacking football at Anfield this season. Walcott will be at home with the footballing philospohies adopted by Brendan Rodgers.
Having already signed up sensational Italian striker Fabio Borini, Liverpool will want to build on that coup by making another big name signing. Walcott may just fit the bill.
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