Loic Remy is off the table after failing his medical with Liverpool, meaning the club will have to look to other means to strengthen their attack for the coming season.
Remy was seen to be the perfect signing for the club: cheap, experienced and versatile. But complications with his medical persuaded the club to pull the plug on the deal.
Liverpool are evidently in need of another forward, so they’ll certainly be in the market for alternatives to the French international.
With plenty of time left in the transfer window, here are six striker options Liverpool could look to.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has shown just how effective he can be, now only for the Netherlands but also his club side Schalke.
The Dutch international missed most of the first half of last season but returned after the winter break to maintain his excellent form in front of goal. Thinking of the many chances Liverpool can create next season, a poacher like Huntelaar is just what they need.
He may not fit in with the club’s apparent policy of buying young, currently being 30. But there are few strikers in Europe better than Huntelaar in front of goal.
Now is the right time to prise Ezequiel Lavezzi from PSG. The French champions are desperate to sell in order to raise funds for other targets, and the Argentine international has just come off an impressive World Cup.
Lavezzi is known as a wide forward and may impede the development of other younger players at Liverpool, but he is also capable of playing through the middle. Moreover, Liverpool will need depth for what is to be a far more taxing season than what they’ve just had.
If the funds are there, the club should at the very least be making enquiries for the Argentine forward.
Following a steady climb up the Premier League table, Romelu Lukaku is now ready for a club competing in the Champions League, and with 15 goals for Everton last season, he would be a very good partner or alternative to Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool.
The question is whether Chelsea will sell to a club they’d deem a title rival. Jose Mourinho has given little indication that he intends to keep the Belgian, but the club may prefer a sale abroad.
If they can convince Chelsea to sell, Liverpool would land another exciting signing with a view to the future.
If the price is right, Liverpool would be wise to look to Wilfried Bony this summer, who proved last season he can be effective in the Premier League.
Bony would offer qualities that aren’t present in Daniel Sturridge’s game, while also able to offer something much more long term than Rickie Lambert. Bony is a powerful, quick forward who can give Liverpool another option in attack.
He’d be a good striker to help the club through the added pressure of European football, having competed in the Europa League last season with Swansea.
What better alternative to Loic Remy than Alexandre Lacazette, who shares many of the same qualities with his compatriot.
Lacazette has come off a fine season with Lyon and was very much expected to move on. But interested has quietened in recent weeks, though that could prove to be a positive for Liverpool.
Lacazette is young and has a bright future ahead of him. Being versatile and able to find the net with ease, he’d be a very good addition to Brendan Rodgers’ squad this summer.
If Milan are as desperate to sell Mario Balotelli as they appear to be, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Liverpool moved in and negotiated a knockdown fee for the Italian international.
It would of course be a gamble, with Balotelli being an extremely erratic character, both on and off the pitch. But on form, this is a striker who can change games in the way Luis Suarez used to do during his days at Anfield.
Balotelli would very much fall in line with the club’s youthful approach to the market and could help take Liverpool to the next level. There’s no doubt he’d be an asset for the upcoming Champions League campaign.