After QPR striker Loic Remy failed his medical, we look at three other forwards Brendan Rodgers could turn to.
Just when it looked like the Reds had a discount but quality striker to bring to Anfield to help cover the gulf left by the departed Luis Suarez, comes the news that said striker would not be signing.
France international Loic Remy's dreams of a switch to Liverpool are shattered, and it remains to be seen what the next step will be for the former Marseille striker, who impressed so much on loan at Newcastle last year.
Brendan Rodgers will now have to quickly readjust his targets with the news that he won't be able to sign the 27-year-old.
Below are three other options for the Reds boss:
The Swansea star has already seen his name linked to Anfield throughout the summer, and though the Ivorian will be significantly more expensive than Remy, he is younger and more of a target man than the Frenchman. Anywhere between £20-25 million would likely be enough to sign a man that gradually settled into the Premier League last season, with Bony ending up with an impressive 25 goals in 48 games after moving from the Eredivisie.
Were it not for the fact Rodriguez is currently out with a ruptured cruciate ligament, it wouldn't be a surprise if he would already have signed on at Anfield. Though he wouldn't be available until around October, the former Burnley man would be an excellent signing for Brendan Rodgers.
He really found his form last season under Mauricio Pochettino, netting 17 times in 39 games from a wide forward position. His versatility across the frontline would be of huge benefit to the Liverpool squad, as will the fact he already has strong chemistry with former Saints pair Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. Spurs are also said to be interested in the player, but with the existing Southampton connection swelling day by day at Liverpool, as well as the prospect of Champions League football, the Reds would be hard to turn down.
Though it wouldn't go down well on the other side of the city, it would make perfect sense to go for a player already undoubtedly one of the best around for his age. It is clear that Lukaku, despite his impressive spells on loan over the last couple of years, is not going to be first choice for Jose Mourinho, and the recent re-signing of Didier Drogba may mean he'll get even fewer minutes than he was expecting as second or third choice. How much Chelsea would want to strengthen a title rival remains to be seen, but even if Liverpool had to pay £25-30 million, they would be getting a promising young player with his whole career ahead of him, with significant resale value, and the potential to link up with countryman Divock Origi in the future.