Three strikers Liverpool could sign instead of paying £5m for Divock Origi

Alexandre Lacazette

An early move for the 19-year-old could put too much pressure on the striker. Here are three alternatives the Reds could pursue in January.

Saido Berahino

In recent weeks - and as recently as yesterday night - reports have frequently suggested that West Brom striker Saido Berahino is on Brendan Rodgers' radar in January.

The 21-year-old is the Premier League's top-scoring Englishman and has flourished this season, showing a consistency that is all too rare among young strikers. Is he the right man for Liverpool? There are several factors that say yes...

First of all, the Baggies forward is a proven goalscorer in the top flight, something most of Liverpool's summer signings are not. Berahino is already adept at this level and would not need to spend months adapting.

The biggest problem, however, is money. £15 million has been quoted for the West Brom man, while the club themselves are reported to want £25m. But Liverpool may have to spend their way out of a hole they got themselves into by spending badly...

Alexandre Lacazette

Another alternative is Lyon and France striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 23-year-old is a player of real quality, having already proven his goalscoring credentials (he has scored 11 goals in his last 13 games) in Ligue 1 and attracted interest from England.

Any reluctance to sign Lacazette may be reminiscent of the same situation that presented itself over Diafra Sakho. It seemed many Premier League clubs didn't want to take a punt on Sakho but he has shone at West Ham. And no one could realistically claim Liverpool or even Arsenal or Manchester United would be any worse off if they had him in their ranks.

Lyon, though, are convinced Lacazette will remain with them next season. But the case of a certain Luis Suarez shows that a club's best forward can be attracted by outside interest...

Gonzalo Higuain

Unlike Berahino and Lacazette, the biggest benefit of bringing Gonzalo Higuain to Anfield would be his experience. The Argentine may have missed a sitter in the World Cup final but how many other strikers have even played in a World Cup final?

At Real Madrid and Napoli, the 26-year-old has amassed no end of experience and is a clinical striker that does what so many don't: put the ball in the back of the net.

Once again, however, the issue of cost may present itself, while Napoli may be reluctant to sell despite the flurry of rumours in recent months. With Daniel Sturridge injured, though, a Liverpool enquiry at the very least is worth it. And a Higuain arrival could even bring the best out of Mario Balotelli...

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