Even when there were still a number of games to play towards the end of the season, thoughts at Anfield were turning towards the summer and how the Reds could try and find the kind of firepower that helped them to an improbable title challenge in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
It became clear that they could no longer rely on Daniel Sturridge to be their number one striker - even after an impressive season last term which saw him score 24 goals in all competitions. What doesn't get documented so much is that he was in and out of the side and struggling with niggles during that period.
So with his injuries this season, and his latest setback meaning he is likely to miss pre-season and not return to first team action until September, new strikers are needed. The trio of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini simply haven't delivered.
With the Reds in the Europa League next season, they probably aren't in a position to target the very top players in the world, especially if they are not prepared to pay the very top wages it would take to land that calibre of player. But Liverpool need players in the side who can score goals, and quick!
Benteke and Ings may not be playing for top clubs in the league, or even in Europe, but just look at their goalscoring records this season, and further back, and given that they are playing for sides that have finished in 17th and 19th in league, imagine what they could deliver for a side that has finished sixth.
|Christian Benteke||FW||Aston Villa||13||29||2,380|
Then if we compare them to Liverpool's strikers this season:
The duo that have been heavily linked with Liverpool, per the Evening Standard, have scored more than double the amount of goals that the Reds' current striking options have mustered between them. One should also consider that Benteke and Ings have scored goals in the two lowest scoring sides in the division. If you consider that they managed to get into double figures, it's a pretty incredible record compared to their club's overall contribution in front of goal [Villa on 31, Burnley on 28].
People may take issue with the price being mooted for Benteke, but that's another matter entirely. TV deals, exposure in the Premier League and other factors will all contribute to inflated transfer fees for every club this summer.
But Liverpool need goals, and signing Ings and Benteke would be a start to delivering them at least.