Liverpool and Konstantinos Mitroglou: Logical and plausible 0

Angus Taylor discusses the career-to-date of rumoured Liverpool target Konstantinos Mitroglou…

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With Liverpool only having two out-and-out strikers (Iago Aspas is more of a wide-forward), it’s no surprise that they’re rumoured to be shopping for back-up in that department.

Konstantinos Mitroglou, Olympiakos’ free-scoring twenty-five year-old, has been the most closely linked. The Greek international started his career in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach where he scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for their B team, which was enough to earn him a move back to the biggest club in his native land.

Mitroglou made a slow start to life in Greece. In his first two seasons he only made 19 appearances, although still managing 6 goals along the way. At the age of 22 Mitroglou started to establish himself, making 21 appearances and netting a decent 9 goals - however, 11 of those appearances came as a substitute and in truth he never really broke into the first team.

He would have to wait until the 2010/11 season, and a loan spell at Panionios to really make a name for himself in the Super League, and in six months he managed to amass an impressive total of 8 goals from 11 appearances. One more loan move followed, this time to Atromitos, and a further 16 league goals from 28 games was seemingly enough to convince Olympiakos that he had a long-term future at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

Mitroglou’s career to-date is somewhat contradictory: he’s scored a lot goals, but without every really being taken seriously as an elite forward - additionally, from a Premier League and Liverpool perspective, the goals upon which his reputation is based have come in an inferior competition. It’s the perennial caveat with any forward linked to an English side: is his productivity relevant within the context of English football?

Mitroglou’s domestic form this season has been fantastic, and he also managed to net three times for his country across the recent two-legged World Cup play-off. That, combined with his 18 league goals from 14 games is enough to get any side’s attention. Additionally, at 6ft2 and with decent aerial presence, he represents something a bit different to Liverpool, and an obvious variation on the options currently available to Brendan Rodgers.

Whether Liverpool make an approach for him in January remains to be seen, but certainly there’s a logic to this - and it is essential that the club establish some genuine depth going into the second half of the season.

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