Brendan Rodgers covets an attacking midfielder at Liverpool. He’s already missed out on Christian Eriksen, Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan but, with his side making a strong start to league endeavours, is keen to keep his foot on that particular gas pedal with PSG’s Javier Pastore the next target.
An injury forced the Argentinian, who started the first four games of the season, out of the side in September and, coupled with a change of system by Laurent Blanc, he has since found opportunities severely limited, starting just one of the next five.
So with a January parting of ways on the horizon, how can the ex-Palermo man aid Liverpool?
Provide further ammunition to the SAS scoring machine
The Reds have found themselves a rather formidable strike partnership in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. However, so far this season Sturridge leads his side as their Premier League chief creator, albeit with a meagre two.
The addition of Pastore, who has registered six and seven league assists respectively in his two seasons with PSG, would free Sturridge of the need to lay on goals for his teammates and provide an already potent attack with even more scoring chances.
Additional goal threat
PSG forked out over £30m for Pastore in the summer of 2011 and it seemed obvious why in his first season at the club, as he proved to have a touch of the Lampard about him.
He struck 13 times in Ligue 1 from midfield that season to back up his 11 Serie A goals in his final campaign with Palermo, but tailed off last year with the arrival of limelight-hogging Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Nonetheless his eye for goal will certainly benefit a Liverpool side who didn’t have a single player in double figures for league goals beyond Suarez and Sturridge last season.
Provides a life without Gerrard
At 33, Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool heartbeat is slowing and the Merseyside club have been bereft of a direct replacement to play the number ten role since their ever-present captain took up a deeper position in midfield.
With Pastore’s eye for both a pass and a goal clear, an investment in the 24-year-old would be ideal for Liverpool, both now and in the long term.