In many ways both Dimitar Berbatov and Liverpool have had similarly frustrating seasons. After finishing as the Premier League’s top goalscorer last season, the Bulgarian forward has been relegated to just five League starts this season. Likewise, the Reds have also found their stock plummeting this season. Yes they picked up a Carling Cup trophy, but failure in the FA Cup and an eight place finish in the Premier League seriously marred their season.
But why am I making this strained comparison? According to Ladbrokes, Berbatov is ready to call quits to his Manchester United career and Kenny Dalglish is said to ‘be keen on obtaining the Bulgarian’s services’. So is this a match made in heaven or should King Kenny steer well clear?
One thing’s for certain: Liverpool need a goalscorer – desperately. The Reds only scored 47 goals in 38 games this season, a paltry figure compared to City’s 93. Yes Andy Carroll showed signs of improvement towards the end of the season and Luis Suarez is always capable of grabbing a goal, but it’s clear that this is an area that Liverpool need to address.
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At 31-years-old Berbatov has plenty of Premier League pedigree. He’s scored 48 goals in 107 games for Manchester United and plenty more for Tottenham. In fact, he’s got goals wherever he’s been, grabbing 69 goals in 154 Bayer Leverkusen appearances. Yes, he’s getting on in years, but his goal-scoring form speaks for itself.
Beside he’s never relied on his pace. Berbatov is a technical ace. He can still conjure moments of magic and work the ball in ways that most other footballers simply can’t. He’s probably on the look for the last contract of his career and I can’t think of a good reason why Liverpool should steer clear.
Particularly if he’s not the only signing that Liverpool make in this department. I’d like to see the Reds sell Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez to fund a couple the purchase of a couple of natural goalscorers. If Berbatov is signed alongside a young talent with some form, I can’t see any fans complaining.
He’s nothing like Andy Carroll and whilst he shares some similarities with Luis Suarez, he’s better in the air and has a kind of languid grace about him. He could be the perfect foil for Liverpool’s goalshy strikers.
What’s your take? Would Berbatov be a good signing for Liverpool?
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