With the January transfer window edging closer, the news surrounding the departure of Marco Reus is starting to build up with Dortmund keen to fetch a higher price in January than his £20million release clause set to be activated in the summer.
However after the latest reports, it seems that the two clubs in pole position to sign the Germany international has come down to Chelsea and Real Madrid, leaving the likes of Liverpool having to search elsewhere.
So with Liverpool’s attack not as frightening as last season when they had Luis Suarez, who can they target as the talisman for the goal-shy Reds?
Here are FIVE Marco Reus Alternatives for Liverpool to consider.
Pedro Rodriguez has played a pivotal part in Barcelona’s successful years under Pep Guardiola, but ever since the manager’s departure and Neymar’s arrival, the Spaniard has found it difficult to be a mainstay in the first team.
And with Luis Suarez joining Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack, Pedro has been pushed down the pecking order, which has him considering a move away from the Nou Camp.
Liverpool have already been linked with the pacey winger, who has experience at the highest level of football and surprisingly, is still only 26 years of age!
During the summer Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi, but were unable to come to an agreement which saw the Reds go for Mario Balotelli instead.
However Brendan Rodgers is set to make another push for the Argentine international in January, this time with an estimated £30million bid to tempt the Ligue-1 champions to sell. Lavezzi is also not getting a lot of game time behind the likes of Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura… starting only four league games this season.
Lavezzi is tricky and quick… traits that could be the impetus in improving Liverpool’s attack this winter till the end of the season.
Only two years ago Stephan El Shaarawy was being compared to Barcelona superstar Neymar after a brilliant first half of the season for AC Milan, in which he scored 15 goals before January.
However the Italian winger had an injury plagued 2013-2014, which saw him make only six Serie A appearances last season.
But now back to full fitness, ‘The Pharaoh’ grabbed his first Serie A goal in over 600 days last weekend and put in a brilliant shift for the Rossoneri… which earned him a recall back to the Italy setup.
As a bonus, he will be reunited with friend Mario Balotelli, giving the Reds front line hopefully an exciting front-line plus flashy hairstyles.
Andre Schurrle is a quick and clinical attacker when given the opportunity to play, but the Germany international has been limited to super-sub appearances for Chelsea these past couple of seasons.
If Marco Reus was to arrive at Chelsea, then Schurrle will receive less (if any) game-time and will be forced to look elsewhere for regular football.
Already proven in the Premier League, Schurrle would do well if he was to make a move to Liverpool and the Reds won’t have to pay a huge fee to bring over the player who will be seen as surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
One of the most in-form youngsters in world football today, Memphis Depay exploded onto the scene during the summer World Cup for the Netherlands. He’s quick, good on the ball, and has the ability to shoot golazos from outside the box.
The 20-year-old already has nine goals in just 10 appearances for PSV Eindhoven this season, and it is only a matter of time before a big club comes in to snatch away the Dutchman.
If Liverpool can guarantee the highly rated youngster regular playing time in the English top flight, then Depay could be convinced to emulate Suarez (who also arrived from a Dutch club) as the new Anfield hero.