Liverpool boss eyes prolific continental strike pair

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking at French duo Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette as he plots to improve his Reds side’s woeful form in front of goal, according to the Daily Star.

Rickie Lambert is the only orthodox centre-forward at Anfield to have notched more than one Premier League goal so far this season, and his meagre tally of two is a major factor in the club’s difficult opening half of the campaign.

The exit of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems – he’s been missing since August – has magnified the poor form of £16m summer arrival Mario Balotelli and forced 20-year-old starlet Raheem Sterling to operate in a more advanced role.

But Rodgers is reportedly ready to address his concerns, with Benzema and Lacazette on his radar.

Should a decent offer come in for Balotelli, the Northern Irishman may look to either of the French marksmen, who are both considered to be among Europe’s top strikers.

Benzema is valued at around £38m amid suggestions Real Madrid are looking to sell in order to fund a move for Edinson Cavani of PSG.

Meanwhile a, perhaps, more realistic target is Lyon’s red-hot hit-man Lacazette.

The Stade Gerland ace has already smashed 23 goals in 23 Ligue 1 outings this term and is considered to be one of the continent’s best goal-getters on current form.