Liverpool’s current crop of strikers have not found the net this season in the league, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have now gone more than 1000 minutes without troubling the scorekeepers in the Premier League.
With Daniel Sturridge injured for most part of this current season, Liverpool need striking options and fast if they want to at least qualify for the Champions League. They do not look like the side that was tearing apart defences last season since Luis Suarez left, Daniel Sturridge coming back would help but they need someone to score the goals for the team.
The January transfer window is coming up soon and there are some strikers who are in red hot form and could end up moving, here we would be looking at 5 strikers who could provide the goals for the Reds and maybe turn their season around.
Leaving Real Madrid and moving to Napoli might not seem a wise career choice but that was when Rafa Benitez was part of an ambitious Napoli project to overhaul Juventus domestically and achieve great things in the UEFA Champions League, which has not worked out as it should have.
Napoli flattered to deceive and were knocked out from the qualifying round by Atheltic Bilbao and then had a very tumultuous start to the season which has been recovered now. Higuain was on the radar for Liverpool before the summer transfer window but with Napoli not qualifying for the Champions League and him wanting to play in the top European competition, a move could happen for the striker at a cut price.
Part of a resurgent Marseille team under maverick coach, Marcelo Bielsa, Gicnac has found his scoring boots for the French club. At one point of time he had fallen down the pecking order at Marseille and was to be offloaded to Fulham in 2011 but that deal did not go through, he remained at Marseille.
His exploits have brought him back in the French setup as well; he has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 already while he had only scored 16 in 35 games last season. He could be the answer to Liverpool’s scoring troubles. The Frenchman would be available on the cheap though, a bid of around £10 million landing the striker.
Porto does know how to scout strikers; they had Falcao, Rodriguez and now have Jackson Martinez. The 28 year old Colombian has been scoring goals left right and centre for the Portuguese club. The Colombian does know how to find the back of the net and has scored a staggering 72 goals in 107 games for Porto.
Martinez is a hard worker, whose game is based on closing down opponents which is something that Liverpool expect from their striker, strong, has two good feet and is good in the air, his price tag might be a little high but it could be the real gamble that Liverpool play this season. His buyout clause could be around the £20-25 million mark.
The Uruguayan has regained his form recently at PSG but he was having a torrid affair at the French club a few months back. His movement and finishing are great and his nickname of The Bull is testament to his style of play.
Would PSG be willing to sell the Uruguayan is up for debate and with Cavani doing well at Paris, he may not want to leave but Liverpool need someone to finish those limited chances that they create and that is something that Cavani is capable of doing, him moving to Liverpool might be a little out of reach for the reds.
Hoffenheim have a history of providing some great, young players. Demba Ba, Carlos Eduardo and Luis Gustavo all played for Hoffenheim, now they have a young German gun scoring goals for them. Kevin Volland, the 22 year old has really shone for Hoffenheim.
He would not come for cheap though, his estimated buyout clause starts from £12 million, Volland has been called up to the German National squad and was in the preliminary squad for the Germans which went to the 2014 World cup in Brazil. Volland does need to play alongside another striker and had scored 9 goals and provided 8 assists last season in an impressive performance for the Bundesliga side.
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