Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all enquired about underperforming Radamel Falcao’s future availability, according to the Sunday Times. The hotshot striker is currently on a season-long loan at Manchester United from French Ligue 1 side Monaco, but has struggled to make the impact United boss Louis van Gaal was hoping for.
But would a move to Liverpool suit both parties, as Brendan Rodgers is reportedly on the lookout for a finisher, and Falcao is searching for a permanent move?
Liverpool were always going to find it extremely difficult to replace the seemingly irreplaceable Luis Suarez, and that has certainly been the case at Anfield this season. The early season injury to the influential Daniel Sturridge hasn’t helped Rodgers’ cause either – although the England international is back in training, and should be back on the pitch very soon.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Liverpool’s striker issues this term, is Mario Balotelli’s failure to step up to the plate. The Italian has yet to find the net in 12 Premier League outings for the Reds, and has undoubtedly been a major flop since his high-profile £16m move from Italian giants AC Milan. Although Rodgers’ side have vastly improved of late, they are still in desperate need of someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net. Strikers Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert may work their socks off for the team, but they are not the answer to Liverpool’s striking woes. The Reds have only scored 31 league goals this term, as opposed to the 53 they had at this stage last season.
As for Radamel Falcao, his move to Old Trafford has not gone as he would have liked thus far. The Colombian international has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, and has only scored three times in 14 league and cup appearances for the Red Devils since arriving in Manchester. The 28-year-old has also expressed he has felt “perplexed and bemused” by his treatment at Old Trafford, which makes a full transfer to Manchester United at the end of the season, a major doubt.
But could a move to the red half of Merseyside reignite his glittering career, and give Liverpool exactly what they need in the process? Stranger things have happened. It is evident he still has the ability – the forward may not have set the world alight at Old Trafford, but so much was expected of him, which obviously led to huge expectations on Falcao to succeed at United. Any striker that has accumulated transfer fees of just over £90m during their career must be capable of finding the net more often than not – and 141 league goals spread over five different countries at five different clubs, speaks for itself.
Falcao strikes you as a player who needs to be appreciated and feel loved wherever he plays, to get the best out of his ability. He wouldn’t be the first South American to flourish and become a hero at Anfield, and maybe, just maybe, Radamel Falcao and Liverpool could be the perfect fit.