Why Liverpool should let Tottenham sign Southampton striker Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez

Reports today suggest that both Liverpool and Tottenham are looking to sign Southampton's Jay Rodriguez - but the Reds should pull out of the race.

It's been a summer of love, loss and desperation for Southampton. Their success last season saw them earn plaudits aplenty, but their feats have led to mass departures. Manager Mauricio Pochettino left the club for Tottenham, whilst Luke Shaw joined Manchester United, Arsenal snapped up Calum Chambers and Liverpool completed a triple swoop to land Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Now the Saints fans are just hoping and praying that the rest of the squad stays in tact for new boss Ronald Koeman, who will need to splash the cash quickly with less than three weeks to go until the start of the season. Yet, they will now be panicking even more after reports linked forward Jay Rodriguez with a move to Liverpool or Spurs.

It's no surprise to see Pochettino try and sign Rodriguez, as well as another Southampton star in midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Spurs need attacking help, with only Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane available as recognised strikers, and Rodriguez would certainly provide a boost to that.

However, Liverpool shouldn't be looking to make Rodriguez their fourth signing from the Saints this summer.

Of course, the Reds are still somewhat reeling from the departure of star striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan joined Barcelona in a £75m deal earlier this month, and manager Brendan Rodgers has already landed the aforementioned Lambert and winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

A deal to sign QPR's Loic Remy fell through, leaving Rodgers to look for another striker having loaned Divock Origi back to Lille. Reports today speculated that Rodgers had switched his attention to England international Rodriguez, but it just doesn't seem to be the right deal for the Reds.

The 24-year-old is still rehabilitating after a torn anterior cruciate ligament ended his World Cup dream, meaning he won't even be available for at least the first two months of the season, such is the severity of the injury. Additionally, whilst Rodriguez plays in that 'wide forward' role that Suarez did, he doesn't possess anywhere near the same gamechanging ability as Suarez does.

It's going to be almost impossible to find another Suarez, but given Liverpool's title ambitions - and the money at Rodgers' disposal - they should be looking to land someone of a higher calibre, someone who can score 20-25 goals like Suarez did; and given the question marks over Rodriguez's health after that injury, it shouldn't be the former Burnley man charged with replacing the controversial Suarez.

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