Liverpool must pursue goal machine and Champions League top scorer

Galatasaray Fans

Liverpool were strongly linked with signing Burak Yilmaz last summer. They would be wise to try again, if they could tempt him.

As Liverpool searched for a striker last summer, a name they were regularly linked with was Turkish forward Burak Yilmaz.

He was coming off a season at Trabzonspor where he scored an incredible 32 league goals in 30 matches and provided nine assists.

Just like they decided not to pursue Colombian forward Jackson Martinez who went to Porto, Liverpool did not follow up on Yilmaz and he signed for Galatasaray.

For just £4.4 million. Even for a player who had not played top level continental football, it was a steal.

Now 27-years-old, Yilmaz' reputation and price tag with it have leapt, certainly trebled at least.

He netted for Galatasaray against Schalke in midweek, scoring his seventh Champions League goal in as many matches, topping the scoring charts in the competition.

He's having a superb season, with 12 goals in 19 matches in the Turkish Super Liga.

As recently as December, Liverpool were credited with an interest in him, and considering his current form they would do well to take another look.

Now there are two negatives which is they fact instead of gambling low and buying last summer, Liverpool would be buying high at a perhaps inflated price (not for the first time) but you cannot argue with that they are getting in return - a prolific goal machine who is now proven at Champions League level.

Secondly, would Yilmaz want to come to Liverpool? Champions League football is something the Reds won't have to offer next year barring a miracle, while it remains to be seen whether they will even be able to offer Europa League football.

But Liverpool remain one of world football's most grandiose clubs, and if Yilmaz wants to test himself outside of Turkey and enhance his reputation further they will be an option for him. Although of course if he was placed on the market, his form dictates he may find himself with better offers than a move to Anfield.

One interesting addendum is Schalke's protest at Galatasaray's Champions League status at fielding an alleged ineligible player in Didier Drogba.

Any UEFA sanctions, which could be retrospective, could have a negative impact on whether the club are even permitted to enter the competition next year, as European football's governing body are known for treating such an offence seriously as they showed with Swiss club FC Sion not so long ago. This would almost certainly place Yilmaz on the market.

Liverpool may have missed the boat with Yilmaz, and might do well to try to find this summer's 'steal', but they would be remiss not to consider the possibility.

If they had taken the plunge last summer, they might just have pulled off the impossible against Zenit last night.

Have Liverpool simply missed out on Yilmaz or is there a chance they could grab him? 

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