Five players Liverpool should have targeted instead of Benteke

Whilst it looks unlikely that Liverpool will land Barcelona’s Pedro, with Chelsea and Arsenal ready to trigger his £22million release clause and everyone looking priced out of moves for Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain.

Having missed the boat for cheap bargains in the shape of Antoine Griezmann and Marek Hamsik, here are five better ways to spend the £49 million windfall from the sale of Raheem Sterling than committing £32.5 million to Villa’s Christian Benteke.

With Brendan Rodgers recently reaffirming his belief in Liverpool’s ability to draw top talent, any one of these would also reinforce his confidence…
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Marco Reus

Reus

Here is a player readily linked with a move to the Premier League.

Having watched on as world class players departed Dortmund in the shape of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, he is arguably the star talent still plying his trade at the Westfalenstadion.

With the club having failed to secure Champions League football for next season and the departure of charismatic coach Jurgen Klopp leaving for a sabbatical, it may be just the time for Marco to jump ship.

Whether his preferred destination would be Liverpool is another matter, but he would be seen as a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling – an upgrade in my opinion.

With his contract running until June 2019 he would not come cheap, with reports suggesting a £46 million bid would be required to pry this talented German away from ‘Der BVB’.

Notching up seven goals and five assists in an injury hit season last time out is still impressive and he would suit Liverpool’s playing style.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

Former team mate of Marco Reus, Lewandowski is another option available with his agent recently claiming he would cost upwards of £35million, surely a bargain for his talents.

The closest thing, outside of Alexis Sanchez and Carlos Tevez, to Luis Suarez in terms of providing that high energy pressing level, which was severely missed last season.

Adept at playing a fast paced style of football, his finishing and all round technique would make him an excellent addition to Premier League football.

Whether he or Bayern Munich would want to part ways so soon is yet to be seen. Having an impressive season last term, scoring 25 goals in 49 games, it would be unlikely he would drop out of the Champions League to play at Anfield.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette

Having an incredible time with Lyon last season, scoring 27 and assisting a further eight in 33 games in Ligue 1, he has been linked with a big money move to the Premier League all summer long.

Although the strongest link has been to Arsenal, Liverpool would very much be in the running if they turned their attentions to the French hotshot.

In many quarters, a move to Liverpool would be considered a step up but Lacazette is definitely up to the challenge with this option seeming the most plausible move outside of the supposed deal for Benteke.

Certainly more suited to the ‘Liverpool way’ than the big Belgian, let’s hope Brendan Rodgers takes a good look at this option.

Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller

As attacking players stack up at the German champions, it has become apparent that Muller’s frustrations have been mounting in regards to his position within the front line.

Possessing majestic finishing, his abilities certainly merit a number 9 berth within most of European’s top clubs. As of yet, his spot on the right wing looks to remain.

Someone close to Muller has clearly been putting out feelers for a possible move away from Munich. With Thomas having spoken so glowingly of former boss Louis van Gaal, it appears Manchester United hold the cards with respect to that move.

It doesn’t stop Liverpool enquiring though with a fee in the region of £45million supposedly being the ticket to capturing Germany’s top scorer in the 2014 World Cup.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

Now why would you want to leave the Spanish capital after having secured the long awaited ‘La Decima’ 10th Champions League title? Bask in that glory for a bit, surely?

Long been linked with a move to Premier League due to his power, now may finally be the time it comes to pass. Just the other day, Arsene Wenger denied any attempts to lure his compatriot to the Emirates. Whilst this may be a double bluff from Le Professeur, it does leave the door open to a shrewd bid from Liverpool.

Playing 2nd and sometimes 3rd fiddle to Ronaldo and Bale last season, Karim was still able to score 22 goals in 46 games in all competitions.

Seeming to have been around forever, the French frontman is still only 27 having consistently performed both domestically and internationally throughout his career. He would be a massive signing for anywhere between £24-40million if what you read in the the national rags is to be believed.