As last season proved to be a rather tiresome campaign for Brendan Rodgers and his now Luis Suarez-less Liverpool outfit, goals seemingly came as a rarity for the ever present Anfield faithful as Reds fans from far and wide watched their side largely disappoint.
The likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert simply couldn’t to do the business in front of goal last season, and as both Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic failed to make much of a meaningful impact during their first season at Anfield, the Reds eventually turned out to be a team severely lacking in attacking threat across the 2014/15 campaign.
However, as every new summer transfer window inevitably brings with it its fair share of renewed optimism and fresh hope for the new season, Liverpool nonetheless have a chance to readdress their striking woes in the run up to the new term.
Roberto Firmino has already sounded out the Reds as his new employers for 2015/16 – so just who would ultimately prove the best out-in-out centre-forward to aid Liverpool’s latest Brazilian talent in the striking department next season?
Here are the contenders:
Whilst he can no longer technically be considered a realistic option for Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market – due to AC Milan reportedly winning the race for the Colombian striker’s signature this summer – Carlos Bacca would have certainly proved a worthwhile contender for the Reds.
The soon to be ex-La Liga favourite proved an absolute wonder in front of goal for Seville last season, helping Unai Emery’s side to a second consecutive Europa League title with his powerful presence in the final third and clinical nature in front of goal.
Liverpool’s loss has seemingly been Milan’s gain in all of this, for although he certainly hasn’t been a household name for long, Carlos Bacca remains one of the hottest prospects in European football at this current moment.
The majority of Liverpool fans probably aren’t too keen on seeing Fernando Llorente as their club’s main striker throughout the 2015/16 season.
The lofty front-man may have proven to be a somewhat reliable asset for Juventus during his time in Serie A – but as the one time Spanish international has nevertheless struggled to rediscover his scoring boots from his Bilbao days in Italy – Brendan Rodgers might be better served by looking elsewhere this summer.
At 30-years-old, pace may simply prove too hard to come by for the Spanish centre-forward in the Premier League, and because Liverpool simply don’t need another immobile striker up-top next term, Llorente just doesn’t seem the right fit in the cold light of day.
Brazil’s recently emerging striking talent – Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano – could be seen as the perfect target for Liverpool, in terms of partnering up fellow new-boy – Roberto Firmino – with a recognised striker next season.
The possible chemistry between the two players – which could adequately express itself further on the international scene – really could work wonders at Anfield in 2015/16. Luiz Adriano is strong, quick, and certainly knows where the goal is despite his largely untested nature.
With AC Milan also reportedly close to snatching another target form Liverpool’s grasps this summer however, maybe Brendan Rodgers could face missing out on two key South American transfer targets to the determined Italian club in the run up to the new campaign.
Aston Villa’s Christain Benteke therefore seems like the last obvious remaining candidate to suit playing for the Reds next term.
He may eventually prove the most expensive target for Liverpool this summer – and the competition surrounding his services for 2015/16 will be more than significant – but Brendan Rodgers could really turn his team into serious top four, and maybe even title, contenders within a couple of seasons with Benteke.
The physical Belgian front-man still has several years in him left at the top, his range of expertise in front of goal can be punishing to say the least – and although the 24-year-old has in-fact experienced several frustrating dry spells throughout his time at Villa Park – the big centre-forward certainly knows how to be successful in the Premier League with all things considered.