Five free agents to solve Liverpool's striker crisis

Michael Owen

Former Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Manchester United, PSV, Wigan Athletic and Newcastle players feature in our rundown of potential free agents available outside the transfer window for Brendan Rodgers.

The phrase ‘slammed shut’ is often attributed to the Transfer Window on deadline day but in the case of Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers it seemed an appropriate formation of words.

After allowing Andy Carroll to go on loan to West Ham and losing out to Tottenham for Clint Dempsey various other names were banded around such as Daniel Sturridge and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

Eventually however Liverpool were found wanting and now find themselves in a serious striker shortage. Luis Suarez is their only real natural centre forward; assisted by Fabio Borini who appears to be slowly finding his feet in the Premier League.

So with the window shut free agents become the last resort for Brendan Rodgers and they must move fast, one potential option appears to have moved to Gaziantespor this weekend. Ivan Klasnic was a useful goalscorer with Bolton Wanderers and with Premier League experience would have provided sufficient cover in this time of need.

So who else is out there in a market of slim pickings?

Michael Owen

It is the deal that appears to be on the cards and quite frankly on the current list of free agent strikers he is by far the best option. Still only 32 but admittedly injury plagued the former England striker would relish the chance to add to his 158 goals and 297 appearances for his boyhood club.

Emile Heskey

I never said they would be popular options and as I said its slim pickings but Heskey could return to the club where he won the League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup. Never going to give you many goals but can still be a useful asset at 34 years old. But let’s be honest, Liverpool fans do not want this to happen.

Florent Sinama Pongolle

Honestly I wasn’t trying to only find ex Liverpool players but Sinama-Pongolle is one of the best options out there. After leaving Liverpool in 2006 he went on to succeed at Spanish side Recreativo, winning his solitary French cap in 2008. Unhappy spells at Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon have followed but at 27 he is one of the younger options on the list and can also operate the wide positions.

Danko Lazovic

He has 118 goals in his 372 game career and personally, he might be the best option out there. At 29 years old and a tenacious hard worker he has also played the passing game with PSV Eindhoven and most recently with Zenit St Petersburg so could adapt to Rodgers approach. He is retired from international football so there would be no distractions in that respect and the Serbian could be the answer to Rodger’s tricky equation.

Didier Drogba

Although not technically a free agent the financial toil at his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua seems to be feeding momentum to the rumours his contract could be terminated suddenly. A war would be sparked for his signature and despite claiming he wouldn’t play for another Premier League side the lure of Anfield can be hard to turn down for even the sternest of personalities.

Other options include Angelos Charisteas, David Suazo and Afonso Alves; like I said … slim pickings.

Is it Michael Owen for you, or have any of the others got the potential to perform the role?

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