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Three strikers or they're out: Liverpool's options

DAVID LIM
Last updated 09:14 01/10/2012
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THE MAN: Luis Suarez needs a little bit of help up front.

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OK, we all know that Liverpool couldn't buy a striker before August 31.

We also know that even the Wellington Phoenix have more strikers than Liverpool in the first team squad.

And we know that they'll have to rely on Fabio Borini to get the other goals that Luis Suarez won't score until the transfer window opens again in January.

Liverpool certainly need to start looking for a striker to bring in. Jonjo Shelvey, Suso and Raheem Sterling have done extremely well in the Premier League, but it would be quite unwise to bank the club's expectations of Champions League football on their young shoulders.Furthermore, having a quality striker join the club will not only take the burden off Suarez but also help Sterling and Suso's development as players.

Given the state of Spain and Italy's economies, it might be best to look there as the transfer fees commanded by clubs will be less daunting than usual - clubs in Spain and Italy will be looking for a quick buck just to cope with mounting debts.

Getting an English player, even from the Championship, would actually cost more than getting a player from Spain or Italy.

As far as I know, Radamel Falcao will be too expensive - he'll go to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man City, PSG or Chelsea. Here a three players they might fancy though:

1. Alvaro Negredo, Sevilla

One of the unsung heroes of Spain's Euro 2012 triumph, Negredo has been a very good goalscorer for his club, Sevilla, with 46 goals from 104 appearances. He would be a great asset and would fit very well with Brendan Rodgers' gameplan.

2. Fernando Llorente Torres, Athletic Bilbao

Liverpool could revive the Fernando Torres name if the Lion King makes the move from Athletic Bilbao. Llorente is another great Spanish striker who isn't as well known just because he doesn't play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao play the best football in La Liga outside the big two and a style similar to what Rodgers wants to achieve.

3. Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina

A bit left-field here but Montenegro's striker is a very good support act and one who would take the burden off Luis Suarez in terms of creating and fashioning chances. He is also big and very strong - probably the Andy Carroll that Liverpool were after.


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