Tony Cascarino believes Liverpool should be weighing up a summer move for Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud.
Indeed, this is a peculiar transfer suggestion given the World Cup-winning striker has struggled for regular game-time since Thomas Tuchel took over at Stamford Bridge last month.
Still, Giroud produced a timely reminder of his qualities on club football’s biggest stage on Tuesday night.
Giroud, who joined the Blues from London rivals Arsenal in an £18 million [BBC] back in January 2018, scored a stunning overhead kick as Tuchel secured a gargantuan Champions League victory in Bucharest against Atletico Madrid.
Also, Liverpool could be in the market for another centre-forward this summer to aid the attacking responsibility on Roberto Firmino, who turns 30 in October.
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The Brazilian international’s powers in front of goal have waned dramatically, too, with Firmino scoring just six goals in his previous 35 matches.
And Cascarino says that Giroud, who will turn 35 this summer, could be the man to provide the reigning English champions with the necessary firepower to have another tilt at the title next season.
When asked if he’d have the 105-time France international at Anfield, Cascarino told talkSPORT: “Absolutely. Yeah, I think there’s very few who can do the Roberto Firmino role. At 35 years old, he’d do a great job.
“I still think there’s a year or two in him. He reminds me a little bit of Teddy Sheringham.”
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This certainly is a transfer claim that has hit us for six. Indeed, Giroud, who is out of contract in West London this summer, would be a brilliant option, especially off the bench.
Whether or not, though, Liverpool could be tempted to convince Giroud to take his talents to Anfield next season could hinge on wages.
The former Montpellier striker currently earns £110,000-a-week, per Spotrac. With that said, it’s unlikely Liverpool would offer such a significant pay-packet for a player currently in the twilight stages of his career.
Still, Giroud isn’t a player who relies on pace, while his physical attributes are extremely impressive when you consider his age.
Yes, there is solid ground to suggest that Giroud would be a welcomed addition at Anfield, especially on a Bosman. However, Liverpool will likely look to a younger and more long-term attacking acquisition this summer, instead.