Liverpool transfers: Five strikers Brendan Rodgers should sign
Tom Phillips takes a look at five potential striker options for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
Edinson Cavani will be the hardest of the lot to sign but Brendan Rodgers will have the Uruguayan at the top of his shortlist. Cavani has been in sensational form for Paris-Saint Germain and throughout his career; the last time he scored less than 20 goals in a season was with Palermo in 2010. Last season alone, he scored 31 goals in all competitions, making Cavani a clinical finisher that could shine in the Premier League. However, despite being a regular in the starting XI, Cavani has been disciplined by manager Laurent Blanc twice in January 2015 for failing to report to a training camp in Morocco which could suggest a strain in their relationship. This could be the opportunity Rodgers needs to sign a world-class striker Liverpool have lacked since selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The star of the Olympique Lyonnais show. Alexandre Lacazette set Ligue 1 alight with dazzling performances throughout the season and finished top goal scorer with 27 goals. Already linked with a move to Anfield, it seems Rodgers already believes that the £21m price-tag Lyon have put on their star striker is a worthwhile investment in order to get Champions League football again. However, Rodgers may struggle getting the services of the 24-year-old striker as both Arsenal and Manchester United are also within the chase. With Lyon, United and Arsenal offering Champions League football instead of Europa League, Lacazette may be thinking twice about the prospect of playing in front of the Kop every other week.
Mauro Icardi has been in sensational form for the Nerazzuri. The 22-year-old Argentinian has come out of his shell in Serie A this season, scoring 22 goals in the league, which made him joint-winner of the Capocannoniere alongside Verona’s Luca Toni. Icardi is a physically strong player too which will bode well with his technical ability too in the Premier League. Should Brendan Rodgers attempt to sign Icardi he will be grateful that despite the forward’s form, Inter have failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999. With Liverpool looking to improve on their disappointing season in the Premier League, Icardi is certainly a viable option for Rodgers: Young Argentine, explosive forward and scoring goals for fun? Sounds like a signing any football manager will want to get.
Widely reported to be close to signing for Liverpool anyway, Christian Benteke has been odds-on to sign for the Reds since the FA Cup Final. The Belgian striker is only 24-years-old and has already showed he is more than capable to compete in the Premier League. His impressive goal-scoring record of 49 goals in 99 appearances in all competitions for Aston Villa alone shows he is capable for the big stage and with the target of Champions League football next season, Benteke will certainly be attracted to wearing the legendary red shirt and he also seems favourable for a move to Merseyside. Benteke has recently rejected a move to Tottenham Hotspur, reportedly, to make way for a move to Anfield. It is only a matter of time when Rodgers will make the signing happen.
Eduardo Vargas could also be a contender to provide competition for Sturridge and Ings. The Chilean striker has been one of the key players for his country in the lead up to the Copa America final this year. Vargas is currently top scorer in the CONMEBOL competition with five goals and holds an impressive international goal-scoring record with 40 caps and 22 goals for La Roja. The player is no stranger to Premier League football either after spending a year on loan with QPR from parent club Napoli. Although he does not hold an equally impressive record in club football in comparison to his international record, the likes of Alexis Sanchez highly regard Vargas as a quality player and has even tried to persuade Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign his fellow countryman too. Rodgers should definitely monitor the Chilean closely during the summer.