Three Memphis Depay alternatives Liverpool should consider

Brendan Rodgers has openly lamented his lack of suitable striking options of late and it will have hurt the Liverpool boss to see top transfer target Memphis Depay join arch-rivals Manchester United instead.

High on the list of likely reasons for the Dutchman’s decision will be that United edged out Liverpool in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

This absence from Europe’s top table next season will surely prove a stumbling block as Rodgers peruses elite forwards from around the continent.

It is widely expected that Liverpool will look to sign an out an out striker this summer and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke would appear to be top of the list.

Depay though, is a different type of player, a goalscorer yes, but someone who can operate wide of the central spearhead, run behind defences and cause damage from the flanks.

The fact that the Anfield club are looking for someone of that ilk suggests Raheem Sterling could also be set to leave.

Here are three attainable alternatives that fit the Depay blueprint…
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Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino - West Brom

An exciting young talent that would fit nicely into Liverpool’s fluid attacking system and is already proven to a certain extent in the division.

Berahino is still a developing prospect but his sheer pace and goalscoring prowess have caused all sorts of problems for Premier League defences this season.

It also seems that the 21-year-old is set to leave the Hawthorns, with West Brom pulling the plug on a potential new deal back in the New Year.

The Baggies seem ready to cash in on their star forward after the player publicly stated his desire to move to a “bigger club”.

The asking price is reported to be around £20million, although the player’s dip in form during recent months might strengthen Liverpool’s bargaining position.

The drier spell could be attributed to being used on the wing by Tony Pulis, a role that has seen the young England man turn into a provider as well as a finisher.

Stevan Jovetic

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While not possessing the raw pace of Berahino, Jovetic is a renowned dribbler with an eye for goal and would represent a cut-price option for Liverpool as they look to bolster their attack.

The Montenegrin is thought to be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium following City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to omit him from their Champions League squad to make way for Wilfried Bony.

The former Fiorentina star has endured a difficult time blighted by injury since his arrival in the Premier League.

Many reports are suggesting a return to Serie A with Inter Milan, now managed by Roberto Mancini, touted as a destination, or that City will offer him to Juventus as bait for Paul Pogba.

Liverpool have also been rumoured to be interested and there is no doubt the 25-year-old, if fit, would make a nice addition to the Anfield front line.

The fans would need convincing that Jovetic is part of the solution, with the player having spent a similar amount of time on the treatment table to Daniel Sturridge of late.

Luiz Adriano

Luiz Adriano

The Brazilian is likely to feature high on many a shopping list this summer after stating he will not look to renew his contract with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

The forward also looks set to be a comparatively low cost acquisition given that his current deal in Donetsk expires in December.

The 28-year-old boasts an excellent goals-to-game record but is likely to be overlooked by the top European sides due to the fact that despite his age, he isn’t proven on one of the major leagues.

If he could adapt his game to the Premier League he could be an absolute bargain for Liverpool, who can at least point to his big game experience in the Champions League as justification for any bid.

The former Internacional striker bagged nine goals in the competition this season, albeit eight of them, including five in one game, came against BATE Borisov.

Those exploits also helped him earn his first Brazil caps and he would at least have compatriots on Merseyside in the form of Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho.