Liverpool are interested in Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi, according to reports. The striker is keen to leave the Italian club for more game time in an attempt to break into Italy’s team for Euro 2016. The 28-year-old has struggled with injury over the last few seasons and has made just 13 appearances in all competitions this season.
Rossi’s agent, Federico Pastorello, told Radio Marte: “The club has realised it cannot keep hold of the lad because he wants to play. He will 99 per cent leave Fiorentina in January.”
There are other Premier League clubs interested as well, with West Ham United and Sunderland said to be keen. Hey may also stay in Italy, with Genoa and Sampdoria also reportedly looking to secure his services
Rossi, who was born and raised in the USA, is a familiar face to English football fans after his spell with Manchester United between 2004 and 2007. He made 14 appearances and scored five goals for the Red Devils, while also serving a loan spell at Newcastle United, where he scored one goal in 13 appearances.
Rossi then departed to Villarreal, where he had the most fruitful spell of his career with 54 goals in 136 appearances. It was from this spell that he broke into the Italian national team, earning the majority of his 30 caps.
The Italian international signed for Fiorentina in 2013, where he has made 31 appearances and has managed 16 goals. In the 2013-14 season, he enjoyed his most productive spell when he led the Serie A scoring charts with 14 goals in 18 appearances. He then suffered an injury to his right knee, something typical of Rossi’s career.
Since then, Rossi has continued to struggle with injury, and time is certainly running out for him to reach the potential he promised at Manchester United as a youngster. Since his arrival at Fiorentina, he has struggled to make a return to the Italian national team, with just three caps in the past few years.
Signing Rossi would be a good move from Liverpool, but given his injury record, a loan move would be the best way to go about it. With Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings out injured, they need more forwards to take the weight off Christian Benteke’s shoulders. Rossi adds something slightly different to Benteke too, and his ability run in behind would suit Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
Giuseppe Rossi also has a point to prove in some ways; if he can show he can cut it in the Premier League, then it may be enough to convince Antonio Conte to select him for Euro 2016.