Is this Man United flop the player Liverpool are crying out for?

Stuck in fifth and out of the FA Cup, Liverpool have been unable to make a solid enough impact across the board this season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has assembled a relatively decent squad with exceptional young players like Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling within their ranks, but they are lacking in a key area.

Liverpool have missed the goals of a prolific striker since the departure of Luis Suarez to Spanish giants Barcelona last summer. The Reds did try to reduce the damage by signing Italian Mario Balotelli, but with only four goals to his name since arriving from AC Milan, has never really gotten started.

Likewise with Daniel Sturridge, who alongside his strike partner Suarez, almost fired Liverpool to the title last season but has spent much of this campaign on the bench due to stubborn injuries.

The Reds will need to sign a top striker in the summer transfer window and one of the names being associated with the club is that of Radamel Falcao.

This is a strange one as Falcao is perhaps one of the most underwhelming players to join the Premier League, on par with Liverpool’s own Balotelli.

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To say that the Colombian has had a poor season is an understatement. Four goals and numerous missed chances has turned the once highly-rated forward into a laughing stock and Manchester United are unlikely to fork out for a permanent deal once his contract has expired.

But maybe he won’t be returning to Monaco for long, and instead will get another shot at the Premier League with Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Where some have written Falcao off, believing that his previous injuries have ruined his career, there are others who think that he just needs time to find form and adapt to our highly physical league.

If that proves true then Liverpool could do a lot worse than sign him. At his best Falcao was scoring 30+ goals in a season and was admired around the world.

But then a knee injury ruled him out for six months, which unfortunately included the World Cup in Brazil last summer. That didn’t stop United signing him on an expensive season-long loan deal, which has proven to be an error of judgement given the striker’s failings in front of goal.

Liverpool made a mistake bringing in Balotelli and fans may not forgive Rodgers if he does it again with Falcao. The risk may be just too risky for a club that needs to show serious improvement next season after failing to secure a Champions League spot this term.

Another loan deal may not suit the forward but should be the only agreement the Reds make until they see he is worth investing in.

At 29-years-old, Falcao is certainly not young and if Liverpool have the chance to sign a different player who has spent this last year producing good quality goals and is still relatively young then they should go with that option, as there is every possibility that Falcao is now just damaged goods.

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