The ideal short term transfer fix for Liverpool?
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote how Liverpool would be linked with almost every striker under the sun from now until the end of January, following the cruel injury dealt to Fabio Borini on international duty.
Sure enough, ahead of Sunday’s explosive Merseyside derby, several Sunday papers dedicated their column inches to speculation regarding who will be next to wear the famous number 9 shirt at Anfield, with many linking the club to Newcastle’s unsettled striker Demba Ba, but even more intriguingly detailing the clubs plans to bring Didier Drogba to the club on a short term loan deal.
Pure speculation perhaps, but if this deal were to come off would it be a positive one for Liverpool?
The Mirror details how the 34-year-old Chelsea legend is free to sign for another European club once the Chinese season ends next week, with his club Shanghai Shenhua reportedly willing to allow him a move on the understanding he returns to China for the new season.
A number of factors, including the financial problems at Shanghai, Drogba’s desire to maintain match fitness ahead of the African Cup of Nations, and the fact his family still live in England, add fuel to the speculation of a return to the Premier League, with Liverpool the favourites to secure his signiture.
Rodgers has worked with Drogba during his time as a coach at Stamford Bridge, and is reportedly hoping to convince John W Henry that he would be an outstanding replacement for the injured Fabio Borini, rather than an expensive short term fix, the likes of which the club have been desperately trying to avoid, and was the reason used for their failure to sign Clint Dempsey on deadline day.
I am not of the opinion it would work out for Liverpool for several reasons, and think Rodgers should be looking elsewhere to solve his striking crisis.
Whilst Drogba has been a world class performer in the Premier League since 2004, I think his best days are behind him having achieved all he wanted to with Chelsea. Upon leaving Stamford Bridge, Drogba spoke of the difficulty he would have in ever playing for another English side.
“No, I wont play for another English club. I owe too much allegiance to Chelsea. I am too attached to Chelsea. My blood is blue! I won’t change,”Drogba was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
It would not be the first time a player has gone back on their words should Drogba sign for Liverpool on a short term deal, and the factors mentioned previously could heavily influence his decision and see him change his mind.
But Drogba is Chelsea through and through, and I believe would not perform anywhere near to the same level he produced at Stamford Bridge if he were to be bought to Anfield. Drogba has always been a player who plays with passion and heart, often thriving on being the main man. It is often been said he is unplayable when his head is in the game, and has so many times been the man for the big occasion.
Drogba is a forward who thrives on the passion of the fans, and his love for the club. Drogba would not produce that level of performance should he arrive at Liverpool, a club he has no previous allegiance to. He is a man perfect for an FA Cup or Champions League final, but is also a player you could see going missing for Liverpool as they battle for points away to Stoke on a cold Wednesday evening.
Liverpool fans do not remember him so fondly, having endured several battles with him during their Champions League years under Rafael Benitez. Drogba became a figure of hate at Anfield back in 2008, for his diving antics during the first leg of another Champions League semi final between the two clubs. Drogba rubbed further salt in the Anfield wounds during the second leg by celebrating his opening goal in front of Benitez, who had openly criticized him for his previous performance.
I am of the opinion there is too much history for both the player, and the club for the move to possibly work out. It would also go completely against the idea of giving youth a chance, something Rodgers has done very well at Anfield so far, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey now playing first team football week in week out.
Whilst there will continue to be big striking names linked with the club from now until January, I am hoping that Drogba to Liverpool is not a move that comes to fruition, whether it be a decent looking short term fix or not.
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