Liverpool hero John Aldridge wanted Kenny Dalglish to snap up Robbie Keane on loan before he went to Aston Villa.
The former Reds striker suggested the move would have been popular with the Kop and could have made a difference to the club’s disappointing record at Anfield this season.
Keane struggled for form in his time at Liverpool but Aldridge was confident Dalglish could have got the best out of the Republic of Ireland striker.
“I looked at Robbie Keane going on loan to Aston Villa for six weeks and thought about what could have been for Liverpool,” he said in his Liverpool Echo column.
“Having the Republic of Ireland international back at the club would’ve been great and, like Craig Bellamy, Keane would have been welcomed back by the Kop, I’m sure.
“Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City obviously had people calling for the club to go in search of a new striker, someone to stop these frustrating afternoons at Anfield.”
Aldridge, a former Republic of Ireland international himself, agreed with the calls for a new attacking addition but warned that January is never the easiest time to go about it.
“Liverpool need to have a look what is out there this month but January is a notoriously difficult time to buy the right players at the right price,” he added.
“I believe Kenny Dalglish would have got the best of Keane if he had come back but I now can’t really see us going in for anyone.”
Liverpool’s failure to find the net regularly has been compounded by the eight-match ban handed out to star man Luis Suarez and the lack of form for £35million signing Andy Carroll.
Liverpool will have a good opportunity to turn their scoring fortunes around when they travel to Bolton Wanderers in the evening kick-off this Saturday.
Owen Coyle’s strugglers have conceded 24 goals at home in the Barclays Premier League this season – more than any other club.