Liverpool’s defence has been highly criticised recently, but in truth, the attack has been equally as poor since the turn of the year.
Roberto Firmino has stopped scoring, Daniel Sturridge is out of form and favour and Divock Origi visibly lacks confidence.
Danny Ings is permanently injured and without a proper no.9, we have no get out of jail clause – a player who can take the one chance presented to him.
City have Aguero, United have Zlatan, Arsenal have Sanchez and Spurs have Kane – but Liverpool are bereft of a forward of that quality. City rivals Everton even have Lukaku…
As a result, the Echo have speculated five strikers we could target in the summer.
Below, we’ve listen them, and our own opinions on their mooted options.
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon
The Frenchman would be a brilliant addition to the squad, but mighty expensive. He scores goals for fun in France and although there’s no guarantee that will translate to Premier League ones, he seems the best of the attainable forwards on option. He hits 20 a season in his homeland and possesses the pace and finishing to lead our line.
Jermain Defoe – Sunderland
A very odd inclusion by the Echo. Defoe is a very good player, but he’s clearly not the long-term option for us, and probably not the short-term one either.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester
Another strange inclusion. Vardy is useless unless he’s given space to run in behind, and because teams defend so deep against, he’d basically be rendered obsolete. (Our decision to defend on the halfway line against him on Monday night was a ridiculous one.)
Andrea Belotti – Torino
Prolific in Italy, Belotti would be mighty expensive, but certainly ticks boxes. He can finish and is feisty, which Klopp likes. He doesn’t possess scary pace though, which should be a prerequisite of any player we’re looking to sign up top, however.
Pierre-Americk Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund
A fantasy target, this one. If he goes anywhere, it’ll be to Real Madrid. If we qualify for the Champions League we have a very outside chance