Report: Liverpool identify position for priority in summer transfer market, reason for worry

Liverpool are determined to buy a striker according to a new report, which poses questions for three players currently on their books.

Liverpool have decided to prioritise signing a striker this summer, report The Telegraph.

The Reds have struggled up front this season since Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge missed the majority of the campaign with injury.

The paper report that Burnley's Danny Ings is a transfer target, claiming they are confident of his signature.

With Sturridge's injuries ongoing, the real concern in the The Telegraph's report centres around the fact Liverpool are planning for him to be unavailable for large stretches next season.

"Rodgers’ first priority in the summer is a new centre-forward. He will have to work on the assumption that Sturridge will miss as many key games next season as he has this year."

That may be simply planning for the worst case scenario which is shrewd, but it also implies a lack of faith in the striker's ability to stay fit. The paper also add that Mario Balotelli will be sold if an inviting offer is submitted.

  TeamGoals AssistsAppearances
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool 4 1 12
Rickie Lambert Liverpool 2 0 20
Mario Balotelli Liverpool 1 0 14
Fabio Borini Liverpool 1 1 11

This season the strikers have been simply embarrassing compared to the standards set last season. It says everything that Sturridge has scored as many goals as Lambert, Balotelli and Borini have combined despite missing the majority of it.

Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini each face uncertain futures, having failed to get a run in the side or establish themselves despite the perfect opportunity to do so in 2014/15.

Divock Origi is scheduled to join from Lille having spent the year on loan at the French side, which will add to the mix, but he is not yet the finished article Liverpool require if they are to become the dynamic attacking force they were in 2013/14.

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