Liverpool could have signed a proven goal-scorer for free but instead he is off to Mexico.
Liverpool may have already signed four players this summer but what they really need is a quality, experienced goal-scorer to play alongside (or in the absence of) Daniel Sturridge.
A lack of goal-threat when the England international was injured last season played a vital role in the Reds’ struggles and eventual sixth-place finish in the Premier League, and while the signing of Danny Ings is a step in the right direction, the former Burnley player is only 22 and has just 11 top-flight goals to date.
If Liverpool are to get back into the top four, qualify once again for the Champions League and challenge for silverware next season and beyond, goals are the key, and with a report from the Telegraph claiming the Reds have balked at Christian Benteke’s £32.5million release-clause, could they have signed a fine alternative for no more than a signing-on fee?
Andre-Pierre Gignac completed a surprise switch to Mexican side Tigres last week, but Liverpool may have been wise to do all they could to bring the French international to England while they had the chance.
After all, Gignac ended last season with 23 goals for Marseille and has scored wherever he has played.
With 130 club career goals Gignac would have been a risk-free signing, arriving at the end of his contract and with a few years left at the top of his game.
At 29 he would not have fit the transfer model Liverpool have adopted in recent times, but the Telegraph are suggesting 28-year-old Carlos Bacca and 30-year-old Fernando Llorente are both on the Reds’ radar so why not Gignac?
It is too late for any move now, with the Frenchman heading – somewhat surprisingly – to Mexico. But one wonders if it was a missed opportunity for Liverpool, to sign a prolific front-man with experience and talent for free, when such things normally cost tens of millions of pounds.