Time for FSG to splash the cash in January?

The pressure will most certainly be on John W Henry and FSG come the arrival of the January transfer window, following their well publicized failure to back Brendan Rodgers last deadline day.

The fiasco surrounding Andy Carroll, has led to Henry and his team being questioned by Liverpool fans for the first time in their almost two year reign.

But with Rodgers seemingly stumbling across a vast array of young talent, will Henry feel the need to dip into his pockets come January?

Following the deadline day debacle, Henry wrote an open letter to Liverpool fans explaining in detail how he and his team would no longer pay over the odds for players, and continue with their ‘moneyball’ strategy of signing young players with a sell on value. Hence why Clint Dempsey at 29 was considered £2 million too expensive.

One thing that is painstakingly obvious for everyone to see, is Liverpool are short of strikers. Its been talked and written about endlessly, often in unflattering terms.

But to take a positive out of the deadline day blunder, will be the emergence of youngsters Raheem Sterling and Suso. Neither are out and out strikers, but both can play either side of a front three, and have come from nowhere to provide Liverpool with some real attacking edge.

Neither look a flash in the pan either. Sterling has the ability to take on players in a way not seen at Anfield since possibly the days of Michael Owen. Small, agile, quick and with superb close control, the 17-year-old is already well on his way to becoming an Anfield favourite. His work rate and ability to chase down lost causes has impressed Rodgers and convinced him to give an extended run in the side.

Suso has been another promising addition to the starting eleven. The Spaniard has started the last two Premier League games since being bought on as a half time substitute against Manchester United, and impressing on his Europa League debut against Young Boys. His creativity and ability to pick a pass has already added an extra dimension to Liverpool’s game.

Add to the fact Jonjo Shelvey is due to return to the midfield from suspension on something of a purple patch, having netted three Europa League goals already this term, Rodgers side may not be as desperate for a big money striker as people think. Rodgers also have youngsters Samed Yesil, Adam Morgan and Dani Pacheco available, and has used all three in the cup competitions this season.

Speculation has been rife this week that Rodgers may in fact recall Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham in January rather than dip into the transfer market.  It makes you wonder if perhaps Rodgers has even been surprised by his own ability to make the best of what he has, so much so that he may be willing to give Carroll another shot.

The decision to loan out Carroll sparked debate, in the sense as to why Rodgers was so unwilling to give him a chance to see if he could fit into the new system. It showed a certain stubbornness, and has left questions such as does Rodgers have the ability to conjure up a Plan B?

There has been few striking names linked with Liverpool of late. The latest player linked for a January move is  Belgian winger Dries Mertens. According to talkSport Liverpool have expressed great interest in the 25-year-old, who netted 20 times in just 23 outing last season and has already scored 4 in 5 games this campaign. According to the report, Mertens could be available for around £9.7m come January.

The fact a winger is being linked, and it with it clear John W Henry still has a strong desire to balance the books at Anfield, does that allude to a return for Carroll?

Results will dictate what happens come January. An improvement is certainly needed with Liverpool currently languishing in 14th place despite some good performances.

But should the likes of Shelvey, Suso and Sterling continue to perform at the level they are, perhaps Henry will not produce the big money striker some have been expecting.

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