Lacazette could be Liverpool’s perfect post-Sturridge striker

“I think it’s come, the right moment.

“I think that this summer will be the time where I will need a change of scenery and discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person.

“I am going to continue to work, in the hope that good opportunities will come this summer.”

Alexandre Lacazette’s admission to Canal+ (via Sky Sports) makes the whole situation regarding his future a little clearer. The Frenchman has been a perennial target for elite clubs from the Premier League, as well as those across Europe, during the past few transfer windows, with Liverpool one of the many teams to have been aligned with the 25-year-old.

Although rumours have been thin on the ground of late, the Reds may well look to revive their interest in the France international during the looming off-season, with Daniel Sturridge’s future at the club murkier than ever.

The Englishman has seemingly fallen further out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp after failing to take the chances handed to him during the winter months, and with Sadio Mane now back and Philippe Coutinho fit again, it’s hard to see him getting back into the starting XI ahead of Roberto Firmino – that’s without considering Divock Origi as a competitor, too. Reports of his exit have swirled of late, and if he does indeed leave in the summer, a replacement will be needed.

Lacazette, it seems, would be ideal. Able to play across the front three, although primarily central, the Lyon ace has the stats to back up his reputation…

As the numbers show, the striker has notched 18 goals in 18 Ligue 1 matches this season, with 66% of his 50 shots having been on target – not a bad showing. As well as this, Lacazette has created 26 chances, showing that he contribute more than just goals, and made 29 take-ons.

Life after Sturridge could be pretty promising for Liverpool.