Loic Remy, the 23-year-old Frenchman looks set to join Liverpool – much to my delight! Loic has been plying his trade in France with Lyon, Lens and Nice. Loic helped himself to 14 goals in 34 appearances last year with a struggling team, only 4 goals off the top scorer in Ligue 1, Loic has blistering pace and a direct style and often compared to French legend Thierry Henry (more about that later).
Liverpool would be a perfect move for him right now as he wouldn’t face the pressure of the Champions League this year – something French pundit Tom Williams believes Remy would benefit from “Nice set themselves up as a counter-attacking team, so there was always room for him to run into and space for him to exploit,” Williams says. “That’s when he works best. If he joined a club playing in the Champions League, where space is at an absolute premium, he might struggle initially.”
Although Remy has yet to make an impact for France, he is definitely a big talent and has been mooted as The Next Thierry Henry. I must admit I hate these statements.. “Ohh he will be the next Henry” or calling every Brazilian who scores a hat-trick at youth level “The next Pele”. It just never works out that way, im sure most Liverpool fans will remember the prediction Gerard Houllier made about Bruno Cheyrou as “The Next Zidane” at least Paul the German octopus’s job is safe for now…
Rumours are also rife that Joe Cole is set to sign for Liverpool on a free transfer, this would be the signing of the summer if LFC could manage to pull this off. I’m not convinced myself when Joe has the pick of Man Utd, Arsenal or even Spurs for that matter, being a London lad I can only see Joe joining Arsenal or Spurs. Roy could use the number 7 shirt to attract Cole, to follow in the footsteps of Keegan, Dalglish, Beardsley and McManaman and become a hero at Liverpool were more recently the likes of Keane and Kewell have failed.
Either way, if Liverpool sign Remy I will be delighted regardless of the outcome of Joe Cole deal.