Liverpool Transfer Speculation: Could Ex-Blue Didier Drogba Be Available?

Jake WareCorrespondent IIISeptember 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea applauds the fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on May 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, the 2012 Summer Transfer Window closed with Liverpool having made plenty of moves, bringing in Fabio Borini, Joe Allen, Oussama Assaidi, Nuri Sahin, and Samed Yesil, but none to address the team's lack of strikers.

Andy Carroll joined West Ham on loan, and with him out the exit door go Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt, all virtually unreplaced.

A free agent, ex-Reds hero Michael Owen could be a last-gasp target, but behind him, there are few options.

Until now.

Former Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba could be released by his club Shanghai Shenhua with the Chinese team struggling financially.

In the past decade, the 34-year-old Ivorian established himself as arguably one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers. Since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, he amassed 157 goals and added 71 assists in 341 games, helping lead his club to four FA Cup wins, three Premier League titles, two League Cups, two Community Shields and a Champions League triumph.

Drogba had scored four goals and added an assist in six games for Shanghai, playing alongside former Blues teammate Nicolas Anelka (who could also be a target if released).

A few days ago, The Guardian reported that an ownership row at Shenhua might lead to Drogba and Anelka being released, which is also being reported by Metro. Drogba would be a free agent, free to sign with any team. 

A 6'3", 201-pound centre-forward, Drogba is not a great match to Brendan Rodgers' pass-and-move style, but can flat out put the ball in the net, and that is what Liverpool need.

You would have to think Drogba would be given every chance to succeed at Anfield, spearheading the club's 4-3-3 formation, and with the kind of service the likes of Borini, Allen, Sahin, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez can provide, there's no telling how good Drogba could be.

Marca have claimed Real Madrid to be the favourites to land Drogba, but Rodgers will surely be interested. There is little risk to the deal, but it could be revolutionary to Liverpool's title hopes.

It's worth noting that ITV News are now reporting that the earlier claims are "nonsense."

If they are true, Drogba could immediately fill Rodgers' biggest hole. The wages will be high, but at this time, Fenway Sports Group must be willing to spend.