Brendan Rodgers arguably faces the most challenging summer since he arrived at Liverpool three years ago. Following their disappointing campaign, the Northern Irishman needs to desperately bolster his options ahead of next season. And in no position is that desperation felt more, than up front.
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Since the loss of Luis Suarez, the Reds have pinned all their hope upon the success of Daniel Sturridge, while supporting him with a cluster of back-up options. Unfortunately, the England international has spent much of the year on the sidelines, which has highlighted their frailties in front of goal, as Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini have only collected a handful of goals between them in his absence.
Therefore, it is little surprise that Rodgers wants to add depth up front. And the man who the Liverpool Echo suggested was his main target was Aston Villa star Christian Benteke. And while the Belgian’s talent is undeniable, the £32.5m it would take to release him from his contract (via Liverpool Echo), would heap pressure on a player that has yet to play for a team consistently at the sharp end of the Premier League. If he proves unable to rise to the challenge, not only would a huge amount of money appear down the drain, but Rodgers’ tenure at Anfield may be in serious doubt.
With that in mind, here are five forwards that may represent safer gambles:
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg)
The Wolfsburg man has been one of the main reasons that the German side have been the surprise package of the Bundesliga season. His 16 goals in the top flight helped Dieter Hecking’s men reach second in the table, and earn a spot in next year’s Champions League. They also clinched their first German Cup after comfortably beating Borussia Dortmund in the final.
With the club’s growing stature in the game, his asking price may growing with every good performance. However, he continues to go under the radar, as the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle steal the spotlight, so may be available for slightly less than his talent would suggest. And while the Reds face a mission to convince him to drop out of Europe’s premier competition and into the Europa League, his desire to leave may grow if the club lose their best players.