Football FanCast guest columnist Kevin Lawrence feels that the signing of Heskey should prove something of a no brainer for Rafa Benitez.
A Liverpool fan doesn't need to pick up a Sunday newspaper to know that the column inches will be full of drivel and complete bull about how we have blown our push for the title, Rafa's lost the plot and the usual negative tripe that tends to follow our every defeat these days. It is total rubbish and given that Chelsea lost this afternoon we have not lost track, or are in a different position to where we were this time a fortnight ago. One day they'll wake up to the fact that the League table takes on little relevance until January at the earliest, not mid October.
That is the bottom line as far as I am concerned and the up and coming games against Manchester United and Arsenal are going to be defining fixtures, as they always were, in deciding how we are going to fair this season. Victory against both teams will not only drag them closer to us, but put us right up there in the mix.
I'm writing this as I travel back from the Stadium of the Light and besides the dubious goal and a couple of decent saves by Reina, we were well and truly in this game and played particularly well in the first half. There is no doubt in my mind that if one of our celestial duo was playing today we would have got at least a point out of this game, but unfortunately the back-up we have isn't up to the task, especially in the attacking third and it is something Rafa can no longer ignore as whether it be Kuyt, Babel, Voronin or Ngog, they are not able to hold the line or be the target man we desperately need, especially in these sort of games. January for me cannot come soon enough and Benitez needs to identify his targets now.
I know there are a few names that have been mooted, and why the link to Heskey has brought a mix reception among sections of the Liverpool support, for me it is an absolute no brainer that we bring him to Anfield. Heskey let the cat out of the bag this week that he is unhappy sitting on the bench at Villa and would seek a move in January if things weren't to improve and with the fact that he'll only cost in the region of £2m, then surely we would be silly not to bring the big man back to Anfield; I mean how many top quality target men can you get for that sort of price and with money at a premium then surely Emile will also represent the sensible option as well. Not only would we have the perfect foil for Torres in a 4-4-2, but a top class understudy when Fernando is out injured.
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