Liverpool alleged to be 'favourites' to sign Karim Benzema but do they need him?

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According to reports Liverpool are now favourites to sign the Real Madrid striker, but do they need to add another attacker to their squad?

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Real Madrid front-man Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Star.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have reportedly been locked in a battle with Arsenal to sign the French striker and the Merseyside outfit appear to have come out on top following claims the Gunners will instead move for former player Carlos Vela.

Benzema only has one year left on his contract at the Santiago Bernabéu and it is thought that club president Florentino Perez would rather cash-in on the attacker now than potentially lose him on a free transfer next summer.

The most pertinent question that emerges from the story, though, is whether Liverpool actually need Benzema.

Rodgers’ side have played with a swagger and verve that has been built around the quality and pace of their attacking players this season and they already possess a great deal of class in those areas.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were the most potent front-two in the Premier League last season, scoring 52 top-flight goals between them.  While they were supported by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho, who are both among the most exciting prospects currently playing in England.

Added to this fact, Liverpool have the returning duo of Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi from their impressive loan deals at Sunderland and Stoke City respectively, and there is a sense that Benzema could disrupt the balance of their play rather than enhance it.

That said, there can be no doubt about the 26-year-old’s quality. Flanked by Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema has notched 17 times in La Liga this campaign – three less than his tally for last year of 20.

Overall, though, Benzema’s game looks more suited to the club that Liverpool have reportedly moved ahead of in the race to sign him: Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger's side has been desperately lacking a poacher, and Benzema would fill that particular void in their squad perfectly, while adding competition to Olivier Giroud to lead the line at the Emirates.

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