Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed a fairly prosperous transfer window so far, but even he will be miffed at having been bluntly rejected in his attempts to add another forward to his roster.
Following on from the Loic Remy debacle, which ended last week with confirmation that the France international won’t be moving to Anfield, Rodgers had turned his attentions to former Real Madrid striker, and Chelsea target, Jose Callejon.
The youngster impressed during his first season in Serie A last year, and it’s thought that Rodgers subsequently launched an enquiry recently to sound out Napoli over his availability. However, far from entertaining the notion the Italian giants flatly refused the Northern Irishman at the first turn, fuelling the idea that the Reds boss will be forced to look elsewhere.
Callejon admitted only last month that he’s happy to continue working under Rafael Benitez, and so Liverpool’s attempts to beat Chelsea to a man they deem as a potential Luis Suarez replacement have failed.
Rodgers is now quickly running out of options when it comes to finding someone to fill the void left by the Uruguayan hit-man, and Liverpool fans could well be worried that their club may fall victim to the same circumstance which saw Tottenham crash so spectacularly after selling Gareth Bale. The Reds have made a number of expensive purchases, with their total outlay now almost at £100million, but they have yet to sign a forward in the same mould as Suarez.
Ex-Southampton man Rickie Lambert will no doubt give them a different option in the final third, and the likes of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic can be expected to create yet more chances. However Daniel Sturridge must surely be waiting for the arrival of a new strike partner who will help share the load with regards to goal-scoring, and the latest set-back concerning Callejon could have Rodgers scratching his head.
Meanwhile the future of Anfield stopper Pepe Reina continues to look bleak, as reports emerged yesterday suggesting he was in talks to cancel his current contract on Merseyside. The Spaniard earns £100,000-a-week at Liverpool but is said to be frustrated at the lack of movement with regards to finding him a new club.
Reina was shipped out on loan to Napoli last season, having been ousted from his No.1 spot in between the sticks by Simon Mignolet. Since then he's seen himself linked with a permanent move to Italy, as well as a switch to Barcelona, but as of yet nothing has been decisively clarified.