Despite the word desire reminding me that Bono is alive, it's a word that I like, especially when placed in conjunction with a footballer. Andy Carroll just might have some talent, but does he have the desire to be the best player on the pitch every time he plays for Liverpool? On the other side of the coin look at Adebayor's performances for Spurs this season, specifically against Newcastle last weekend. Skillful, energetic and showing the desire to apply himself and be head and shoulders above anyone else. Whether he is or not is moot, he wants to be.
Ditto Radamel Falcao. I've watched a lot of the Colombian striker this season and his appetite for scoring goals and terrorising defenders is phenomenal. Many of you probably didn't watch his latest match, against Lazio on Thursday night, but it was nothing short of a masterclass in forward play.
He out jumped his much bigger marker to nod down an assist for Adrian for the equaliser, and his two goals, tap-ins at the far post, came from movement, timing of runs and, you guessed it, desire. Linking with Adrian and Diego, the triumvirate essentially stopped Lazio playing a possession based counter-attacking game by pressing the defenders into mistakes and long-balls. Lazio are no mugs, they're currently third in Serie A, but they got obliterated by Falcao and his mates.
Suarez scores more for Uruguay because he has Cavani leading the line and Falcao is similar to the Napoli striker in his style of play
His speed over the first four or five yards makes him lethal, but he's also got a couple of extra yards in his head. He drops deep and wide to either receive passes or pull opposing defenders out of position and can pass and shoot with either foot, to the point that you honestly wouldn't know which his preferred one. In his last 110 games for Porto and Atletico, he's scored 99 goals. I don't care if 72 of them were for Porto, he's got 42 in his last 51 games in Europe for pity's sake.
He's also an interesting character. Trained as a journalist, leader of two Church groups, banged them in for River Plate as a kid and has already been through one career-threatening injury. Check out his Wikipedia page for the full story, because I need to come onto part two of my article.
He hasn't been linked to Liverpool, and will possibly see his next move as one that will take him to a club with an instant chance of winning the league. Messi has said he's love to play with him and if Barca want him, they'll get him. But none of that maters to me. I just want us to sign him. What Liverpool have really missed this season is a number 9 to dovetail with Suarez. Suarez scores more for Uruguay because he has Cavani leading the line and Falcao is similar to the Napoli striker in his style of play.
This wish might be massively unrealistic, I don't care. Football is, amongst other things, about dreaming. I don't play Football Manager and I can't be bothered with a Fantasy Team, I just want Liverpool to have an ace number 9. Last summer's recruitment policy of buying players with Premier League experience has, apart from in the case of Jose Enrique, been shown up as a disaster.
Can we get him? Who knows. Should we try? Without a shadow of a doubt.
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