Liverpool really shouldn’t be two weeks from January and in need of striker reinforcements, but with Daniel Sturridge having spent most of another season on the sidelines with various injuries and last summer’s big money striker signing failing to click, it’s where the club and fans find themselves.
The answer, at least according to reports in Germany, could come in the form of Bayer Leverkusen frontman Stefan Kiessling. The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Bayer Leverkusen this season following the arrival of Javier Hernandez, but in his best seasons he has been a reliable one in two scorer.
"I’ve got to be honest as say we’ll have to see," Kiessling told Sky Germany this week when asked about his future. "I’ve given it some thought and will keep thinking about it. The situation is that of course I would like to be playing, but I’ve been here 10 years and love this club and everyone knows I’m happy here."
He’s a hard working, highly intelligent forward with a solid passing range to go along with his solid scoring record. Where he would fit at Liverpool if Sturridge were fit and Benteke on form is a fair question, but with the former rarely fit and the latter seemingly an awkward fit at best, he would be a useful addition.
He would also be an addition with an eye to the shorter term, still allowing room for Divock Origi to develop. With Liverpool’s attack something of an uncertain jumble of injuries—there’s also Danny Ings to think about over the longer term—and players who simply don’t seem to fit, this could even be a positive.
Kiessling wouldn’t be a flashy signing, but he would be solid. If he were at Liverpool today, he would likely be expected to start on the weekend against Watford. And he might be had for as little as £5M. All of which adds up to an intriguing—if so far rather speculative—transfer rumour.