Brendan Rodgers’s search for a new striker could yet see the Reds manager launch a January bid for Marseille’s in-form French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, but he would be wise to look elsewhere for a new striker.
With reports suggesting that the Merseysiders will face competition from the likes of Inter Milan and Galatasaray for the 29-year-old, the club may yet be better served by pursuing some younger and potentially less costly goalscorers currently impressing in Ligue 1.
Here are three alternatives to Gignac:
Carlos Eduardo – Nice
Loaned to the French club from Porto during the summer, the 25-year-old has hit the ground running at Nice, scoring six goals in his first nine outings for the club.
His crowning moment came in a 7-2 victory over Guingamp where Eduardo racked up a sensational five goals, including a first-half hat-trick.
Capable of playing as an out-and-out striker as well as in the midfield, the Brazilian is a real threat on the break and equally deadly when shooting from distance, particular in dead-ball situations.
In addition to this he has a notable physical presence in the air – something that lends itself well to the Premier League. Liverpool could do much worse.
Diego Rolan – Bordeaux
One of the breakout stars for Les Girondins under Willy Sagnol this season, Rolan took his time to settle in Europe following a move from Defensor Sporting in his native Uruguay last year, but he is now starting to show the kind of form that convinced the French club to sign him.
Best deployed on the right hand side of the midfield or as a striker, the 21-year-old is a highly versatile attacking threat and would undoubtedly relish the chance to follow in fellow countryman Luis Suarez’s footsteps with a move to Anfield.
A prolific marksman for Uruguay at youth level, big things could yet come from a player growing in confidence with every passing week.
Wissam Ben Yedder - Toulouse
Regarded as one of the hottest properties in French football at present, Ben Yedder has already been linked with a January move to Tottenham Hotspur, having scored seven goals in Ligue 1 already this season, the most behind only Gignac and Alexandre Lacazette.
But Ben Yedder is much more than your standard striker – during his time at Toulouse he has regularly turned provider, delivering plenty in the way of killer passes during his time at the ever-improving French club.
An intelligent footballer, he would be the ideal fit to Rodgers's tactical system and would be likely to favour a move to Liverpool over any Spurs bid.