QPR striker Loic Remy looks poised to make his £8.5 million move to Liverpool in the next few days, as he prepared to fly out to Boston, USA for a medical and then meet up with the side on their pre-season tour.
For the price that Liverpool are paying for the striker, it looks fair. For a proven Premier League goalscorer, netting 20 times in his 40 appearances for both QPR and Newcastle United last season.
The French international is not a replacement for Luis Suarez, but more of a conventional number nine who will challenge Daniel Sturridge for a place up top.
At times, Sturridge seems to go missing in games and doesn't offer all that he should in periods of the games. He, in fact, was substuted a fair number of times in his Reds career.
During his time at the club, Brendan Rodgers has not had a replacement striker for the former Chelsea man. Iago Aspas failed to hit it off at Anfield, scoring just one goal at his time in the club and is sent off on loan to Sevilla for the upcoming campaign, much like Luis Alberto who made just nine appearances for the Reds last season and joins Malaga for the 2014/15 season.
A good option
Remy however, if he finds himself on the bench behind Sturridge, he is more than a good enough replacement if he is to replace the England international, he will be more than worthy. The striker netted 14 goals in 26 games for Newcastle last season, a side who were extremely poor and relied on the Frenchman's goals in most games.
Remy has excellent movement and shows a very good understanding of the game. In the first half of last season, him and fellow countryman Yohan Cabaye linked extremely well and he scored 11 of his 14 strikes whilst Cabaye was at Newcastle.
When Cabaye left for PSG, Remy was left with a poor team around him. Nevertheless, with his move to Liverpool, the former Nice striker will be surrounded with superb playmakers including Steven Gerrard, Phillipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling along with new signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic. That's some list for Remy to link up with, compared to just Cabaye at Newcastle.
What Remy also offers is a different system for Liverpool.
At times, Liverpool playing their 4-3-3 formation became predictable. In their 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea, the Reds failed to adopt a new system in order to break the Chelsea defence down.
With a new signing, Rodgers could change or even start with a conventional 4-4-2. There is enough talent for the Northern Irishman to play this system at Anfield.
We saw the way that Suarez and Sturridge linked up last season, being dubbed as the 'SAS.' Although Remy is no Suarez, they both play as proper forwards and they could form a solid partnership reminiscent of the likes of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole at Manchester United.
Furthermore, Remy is also capable of playing Rodgers' prefered system. If he can't force Sturridge from his role, the Frenchman can easily fit in to the Liverpool side on one of the wings.
Value for money
Remy scored two goals from the left of midfield for Newcastle last season, one from attacking midfield and one from the left of forward according to whoscored.com.
These stats highlight that the £8.5m signing can become a vital member of the Liverpool side, being able to fit in anywhere.
Overall, Remy looks a solid signing for Liverpool. Compare the £8.5m to Fulham paying £11m for Ross McCormick if you do doubt him. It is a bargin signing for a player who scores goals and is vertistile.
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