After latest striker link, do Liverpool need another one?

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Keita Balde Diao has been linked with a move to Liverpool following reports this morning. So, is another forward needed?

Liverpool have been linked with bringing in another striker to the club according to the Daily Mirror with Keita Balde Diao linked with a move from Lazio.

The Reds currently have Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini in their ranks at the moment, with Diao said to be available at £15 million, as the Barcelona youth product reportedly unhappy with the lack of games he is starting.

The question is whether Liverpool need another forward with the talent that is available to them both now and in the future. Divock Origi will arrive on Merseyside at the end of the season after he finishes his loan spell at Lille, with the 19-year-old talked up as having the potential to be one of the World's best after an impressive World Cup playing for Belgium.

As we go through Liverpool's forwards at the moment, there is probably room for yet another striker as things stand. There are always going to be question marks over the fitness of Daniel Sturridge as he appears to return from international duty injured at least once a season, whilst his fellow England international - at the age of 32 - was never really signed to be the front-line forward at the club.

Mario Balotelli was signed this summer out of necessity given the Reds looked short in terms of options up front, whilst Fabio Borini went through a summer where he was allowed to leave the club for both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers but stayed to fight for his place. 

It would seem that despite Balotelli only joining in the summer, he has plenty to prove at the club. Manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that the signing of the Italian was a calculated risk and it still has time to pay off, whilst Lambert's age will be a factor as the Reds look to the future when it comes to bringing in new players. 

Should we be surprised that Liverpool are linked with another striker? Not really. Some will say that with Sturridge's absence hurting the club so much that the club needs a forward with a similar profile to the man who scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Reds last season.

If Liverpool were to sign Diao, they will hope he was better than the midfielder who shared the same surname as Salif - who was a flop after being signed by Gerard Houllier following an impressive 2002 World Cup with Senegal.

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