Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool favourite Phil Thomson has explained that the Premier League giants should be aiming high in regards to reenforcing their forward areas this summer, and pointed to Daniel Sturridge's recent injury as evidence that he can't be relied on to shoulder the goal threat for Brendan Rodgers' side.
“Sturridge’s latest injury confirms that you cannot rely on him throughout the course of a season and Liverpool need suitable cover for him,” said the retired defender.
“It’s always been the way for Sturridge, he’s proving quite fragile and we might not see the best of him until next season now."
Liverpool have been linked with Burnley striker Danny Ings for much of the season, with the England Under-21 striker's contract set to expire in the summer, but Thompson stated that he didn't think the 22-year-old was ready to adequately fill in for Sturridge should he arrive, leading to bigger names being touted.
“Burnley's Danny Ings doesn’t have the experience to carry that weight and I think Brendan Rodgers needs to bring in a more established striker. Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani or somebody of that ilk is required, which means Liverpool are going to have to spend big to be considered title contenders next season."
The three South Americans would likely cost big money, with two playing for Paris Saint-Germain and Higuain starring for former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli.
Though Lavezzi may not be an established striker, Higuain has 47 in 89 matches since heading to Italy and Cavani has netted 43 in his two season in France.
Whether Liverpool can bring any of those players to the club unless they are in the Champions League is another matter, but it is clear that they are the standard of forward the club should be chasing to truly replace the departed Luis Suarez.