21 Nov 2015

Legend raves: 'Astonishing' £15m goal-machine wanted by Liverpool is like 'Ian Rush'. Sign?

Prior to the international break, Liverpool target Jamie Vardy surpassed Daniel Sturridge's record of 8 consecutive Premier League goals, and this weekend, the £15m-rated striker has the chance to equal Ruud Van Nistelrooy's achievement of scoring in ten straight Premier League games. With such a prodigious goals record this season, it's hardly surprising that Vardy is on Jurgen Klopp's transfer radar, and according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown, the Leicester striker is similar to one of Liverpool's greatest goalscorers.

In his column for the Daily Mail this week, Keown hailed Vardy's 'astonishing' impact this season, and paid the 28-year old the ultimate compliment:

"He [Vardy] reminds me of Ian Rush, especially the way he’s such a pest when the opposition have the ball. And at full tilt he can still transfer the ball from left to right to open up angles to score off either foot".

Liverpool signed Rush from third division Chester City, so he and Vardy have something in common in that they both played in the lower leagues before making a huge impact in England's top division.

That said, Rush smashed in 346 goals during his illustrious Anfield career; at the age of 28, Vardy is on 72 career goals, so he clearly has *very* long way to go before he can legitimately be mentioned in the same breath as Liverpool's top goalscorer.

Jamie Carragher is also a big fan of Vardy, but his enthusiasm doesn't appear to be shared by Reds fans. In October, I conducted a poll asking whether Liverpool should sign Vardy. The results:

For the right price (£8m-£10m), I'd take Vardy in a heartbeat. Under Rodgers, he probably would've failed (like so many other attacking players), but with Klopp at the helm, it's a totally different proposition.

When it comes goals/assists, Vardy is a clear upgrade on Origi and Ings (more goals this season so far than Ings got for the whole of last year), and most important of all, he's only suffered one injury in the last ten years.

Author: Jaimie K


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