Report - funds available in January for Liverpool to sign a new striker

With Daniel Sturridge suffering another injury setback, it seems signing a new forward has become a priority for Liverpool.

Liverpool do have the funds available to buy a new striker in the January transfer window according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The Reds were left incredibly frustrated yesterday as it emerged that Daniel Sturridge suffered another injury setback in training. He was in line to make his return from thigh and calf injuries at Selhurst Park on Sunday, where the Reds take on Crystal Palace - but the 25-year-old is due to have a scan today to determine just how long he could be on the sidelines for.

The Telegraph's report says: "There will be a premium to pay in January - especially as everyone can see how desperate they are - but Liverpool insist the money is there if it is required. If that is the case, it is inconceivable it won't be used, even if this will be interpreted as public acceptance serious errors were made in the summer."

In Sturridge's absence, in the Premier League Liverpool have scored eight goals in eight games, and have only collected eight points, which is alarming form as the strike trio of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have yet to find the net in the league this season.

There has been talk about the Reds trying to recall £10 million summer signing Divock Origi back to the club early as the Reds look for some firepower up front to get them back into the top four, but that would put a lot of pressure on a teenager who is still preparing himself for the highest level.

But there is the pressing issue of trying to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and the effect it could have on attracting top talent. The Reds need to win their two remaining group games to make sure of qualification for the knockout stages, and a club still in the competition in the second half of the season would be a more attractive prospect for any potential signing.

It also represents that Fenway Sports Group are prepared to back manager Brendan Rodgers even further after spending in excess of £100 million on signings in the transfer window, despite the side not yet shining. That particular issue doesn't seem to be on their agenda for the time being.

One thing is for certain is that the Reds need to have more cutting edge and end product in the final third to start climbing the Premier League table.

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