Can Liverpool afford not to sign this striker?

After a season to forget for many Liverpool fans, the club are already on the lookout for a new strikeforce for next season.

The Reds are thought to be hoping to bring in some new goal-scoring talents to work alongside Daniel Sturridge, who has been injury-prone in recent seasons, and the struggling Mario Balotelli.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans stated, “they have to try and bring in a bit of quality, three or four, not as many as last summer. The trouble is if they don’t qualify for the Champions League, will those quality players still want to come?”

That is many fans’ main worry- how are they going to attract the talented stars and the big names that have been linked with the club if they don’t have the option of playing in the most prestigious competition in the world?

There is still a lot to do for Liverpool this season and while they sit in fifth now there is still a chance they could not even get into the Europa League. Tottenham and Southampton could easily steal the place from them. Tottenham are on the same points as Liverpool but below them on goal difference and Southampton are only one point behind.

Rodgers has had his eye on Burnley’s Danny Ings for some time as the striker has shown some real class this season despite the Claret’s struggles in the top flight. Ings will be available for a small fee at the end of the season as his current contract with Burnley will expire. The side know they will struggle to keep Ings at Turf Moor, especially if they are relegated in May. They currently sit at the bottom of the table, five points from safety.

Liverpool are still well in the fight for the Europa League place and they currently sit in 5th place but they are seven points behind the closest Champions League place. Liverpool have missed out on that force who can run at the defense and scatter them and Ings is the perfect fit for the role. His strengths lie in dribbling and ball control which is something the Reds have been lacking in. The Englishman’s statistics this season have been impressive. He has scored nine goals this campaign with four assists and his pass rate is 67% which is impressive for a club sitting at the bottom of the league.

Ings does have his weaknesses though – his performance in the air is basically non-existent, so for those crosses whipped in by Raheem Sterling, he would be no use at all but they have Martin Škrtel for that!

Liverpool are in desperate change of a fresh new team. As veteran Steven Gerrard gets ready to leave his boyhood club it is time to start a new chapter in the life of Liverpool FC. Ings could be the part of a new, fresher and younger Liverpool and while they might not be able to attract the big names they can still attract the stars of the future.