Over the weekend Liverpool were sufficiently cast aside by a superior Arsenal team and despite a topsy turvy take on possession from the two teams, with Liverpool dominating the ball over a counter attacking Arsenal side, they lacked serious firepower. Borini, Suarez and Sterling look shy of goals and Steven Gerrard has started the season slow, as he aims to adapt to the Rodgers style of play.
But the alarm of course was the lack of options from the bench as Liverpool had allowed Andy Carroll to go out on loan to West Ham for the rest of the season and as we all know then failed to bring in a new striker. Despite talk of that deal not being watertight and the potential for a shock return to Anfield for the big Geordie more talk has centred on the potential to bring in a free agent.
I compiled a list of the best out there at the moment and while ‘scrapheap’ players such as Heskey, Charisteas, Alves or Suazo might of done the trick a few years back it is doubtful any could make an impact now.
One option however that was put forward and seemed to be doing the regular rounds of the red-tops and most other newspapers is that Liverpool would try and re-sign Michael Owen.
The reaction from the Liverpool fans appeared to be quite firm on the matter. They do not want Michael Owen at the club. The simple fact that he formed alliances with bitter rivals Manchester United sees him discarded by many of the Anfield faithful as a simply unapproachable option.
The childhood Everton fan is however the most illustrious of their choices and as Anfield favourite John Aldridge is quoted as saying ‘beggars cannot be choosers’.
It would have been an astonishing return to his boyhood club for Owen who at 32 is far from over the hill, however his hamstrings and knee may be. With the right service Michael Owen will put the ball in the net, it was what he was born to do. Stoke are now the ones who will find out whether the gamble was one worth taking.
Liverpool right royally stuffed up the transfer deadline of that there is no doubt but there is no point looking into the past and the same has to be said about their options. The past is that and should bear little inclination on the future; even if that future is just as cover until a younger option can be acquired in January.
Although some Liverpool fans may react like this disgruntled fellow who commented on a previous article on this touchy subject...
I would NEVER welcome the sniffeling RAT Owen back to our club! traitor of the highest order. I would hand back my season ticket if we signed him!
It seems that Rodgers stuck the boot into the deal despite originally indicating it could be considered; Liverpool fans have got their wish and Michael Owen will not be arriving at Anfield, but the Britannia Stadium instead.
The latest reports link them with Del Piero. Would that make fans happy?