FIVE Benzema alternatives for Liverpool to consider

Despite missing out on Karim Benzema during their post-Luis Suarez summer search, Liverpool are rumoured to be once again looking at the Frenchman for the January window.

Reports indicate that the forward is unsettled at Real Madrid, and with Brendan Rodgers desperate to add to his armoury after a tough start to the season, the addition of the former Lyon man’s guaranteed goals could be useful in the Reds’ top four quest.

But, Benzema has indicated in the past that a move to Liverpool is not what he wants, so the Merseysiders may have to look elsewhere. Luckily we’ve done the leg work for the Anfielders, so here are five alternative options…

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Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina):

Arsenal chased the Argentine ace last summer, and now reports are suggesting that Liverpool are after Higuain. An offer of £31m in January has been mooted, with Brendan Rodgers understood to be a fan of the prolific goal-getter.

Higuain has averaged around a goal every other game throughout his career, with his spell at Real Madrid particularly impressive given the competition he had for a starting berth. His form has dipped a little tis season, but he could be a good option for the Reds.

Marco Reus

Reus

Arguably the most in-demand player in Europe is Reus. The German winger is believed to be available at a knockdown rate in January with Dortmund aware that his £20m release clause will kick in at the end of the season unless they can tie him down to a new deal.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with Reus, but they would have to see off interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich…

Shinji Okazaki

One of the hottest forwards around at the moment is Okazaki. The Japanese ace has five goals in five games for Mainz so far this season in the Bundesliga, which is the sort of form which will attract the big boys by the turn of the year. At 28, the Asian ace is by no means a rising star, but with his versatility – he can operate from the flanks – he would certainly be a better back-up option than Fabio Borini.

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony

Liverpool were heavily linked with Swansea’s Ivorian ace over the summer, but a £20m move never came to fruition. Bony is understood to have been keen to make the move, and he would certainly offer more pace and dynamism that Rickie Lambert. The Reds have the money to push through a deal, but much hinges on the form of the aforementioned Lambert and Borini’s future.

Jay Rodriguez

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Liverpool may look to once again add to their Southampton contingent with a move for J-Rod. The England international is close to returning from a knee injury and is already being linked with a January move despite not having kicked a ball since last season. The versatile attacker certainly fits into Brendan Rodgers’ fluid playing style and his versatility could make him a useful tool as the season goes on.