Liverpool could be about to repeat Jose Mourinho's mistake by offering Samuel Eto'o the chance to play at Anfield next season.
Widespread reports claim the Cameroon international is in talks with Liverpool over a one-year contract. Having failed to impress during his short stay at Chelsea it beggars belief as to why Brendan Rodgers feels he has something to offer his team.
A desperate situation
Having lost Luis Suarez and replaced him with Rickie Lambert, it is no surprise why Rodgers is looking anywhere he can for reinforcements up front. Daniel Sturridge is set to be awarded a more central role in the side but having spent around £100 million in transfers, many Liverpool fans have expressed concern at the lack of investment up front.
It is clear Rodgers has chosen to add depth to the entire squad rather than bringing in a marquee signing. The likes of Dejan Lovren (£20m), Adam Lallana (£25m) and Lazar Markovic (£20m) will add general quality but will hardly make up for the absence of one of the world's best strikers.
Now the season is only days away it is clear Liverpool have put their eggs in one basket; to put it more literally, their hopes lie with Sturridge. The Englishman has the potential to score 30 goals in the Premier League but if he suffers an injury, Lambert comes in. Realising this, Rodgers has moved for Eto'o, proving his desperation.
Having worked with Eto'o during his prime years at Inter Milan it was no surprise to see Mourinho snap up the striker when Anzhi Makhachkala offered him around for free. However, his wages of £135,000-a-week cost Chelsea around £7 million. Having scored 12 goals in all competitions, that is £580,000 a goal.
What the 33-year-old showed last season was that he was no longer the speed demon he was at Barcelona and Inter Milan. His lucrative spell in the wasteland that is Russian football turned the sharp shooter into a hasbeen.
He did little to justify his worth at and Mourinho even made fun of his summer addition by questioning whether Eto'o was much older than his official age of 33. Now he's gone, few at Stamford Bridge will miss him.
Waste of money & space
His questionable spell at Chelsea has not lowered Eto'o asking price. He still expects to be paid £135,000-a-week at Anfield.
Liverpool have come into a lot of money in the past two seasons and could afford to meet such demands. A huge deal with Warrior, a return to the Champions League and the £75 million sale of Suarez would have given Rodgers plenty of money to play with this summer. Despite a bill of £100 million, Liverpool will still have money for a notable addition up front.
To award that place to Eto'o would be a reckless waste of precious funds. Not only will it be a waste of £7 million, Liverpool only have 25 places for their Premier League squad and in the world's most competitive league, there are no room for passengers.
Lack of motivation
Eto'o is not interested in developing his career, he just wants one last payday. A move to a gulf state seems more fitting. As his move to Anzhi suggested, money has been the priority for Eto'o in the prime of his career.
Indulging Eto'o will not bring the best out of him and as good of a manager as Rodgers is, he cannot motivate him to get back to his best in a single season. Liverpool need to spend wisely as they look to challenge on four fronts this season. Trying to sign Eto'o proves Rodgers is running out of ideas.
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