Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not given up signing a striker before the transfer window is closed and has vowed to bring a top goalscorer to Anfield.
The Reds are yet to replace Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona this summer for £75 million, however Rodgers is prepared to splash the cash to ink a deal with a top forward. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "The money is there - and we will look to improve at the top end of the field until the very end of the window.
“It’s not easy to get a top level striker, no. But we have to keep looking. We certainly need something, because we haven’t brought in another striker so far, apart from Rickie Lambert.
“You just never know what will happen in that last week - the window will always throw up
something. We will persevere, and the boys are working hard behind the scenes to see what information we can get on the availability of players.”
At this point, Liverpool have just two recognised strikers in the form of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert at the club.
Lambert is likely to play the David Fairclough role at Anfield and act as a super-sub when things aren't going to plan and not be in the Reds boss' initial plans for each game.
That leaves an awful lot of pressure on Sturridge who, despite scoring 21 Premier League goals last season, may see his form to dip due to the added weight on his shoulders.
Striker is a must
Bringing a big-name forward to Anfield is a must. Suarez netted 31 goals for the Reds last campaign - more than anyone in the league - and was involved directly in over 50% of goals scored by the Merseyside club.
The Uruguayan leaving Anfield is a great loss but he can be replaced. Rodgers has already set about by signing attacking-minded players in Lazar Markovic from Benfica and Adam Lallana from Southampton.
The Northern Irishman has also called upon more goals to come from the trio of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson, with the pair scoring just 18 goals between them in the 2014/15 season. However, their job is to feed the front-men and create goals primarily.
Rodgers pursuing a top-class striker is a correct move. Replacing 31 goals will be difficult and there aren't many players who can net that many each season.
Liverpool have been closely linked to Ligue 1 stars Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco and Edinson Cavani, who represents PSG. Both of these are prolific goal scorers and would be deadly at Anfield playing alongside Sturridge. The only problem with the pair is that they will not come cheap.
Both were signed just last season for £50 million+ by their respective clubs and it's unlikely they'd join be allowed to move to Merseyside for anything less than their previous value.
Reus is the answer
Personally, I'd like to see Rodgers chase Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund. Although he is not an out-an-out striker, one could argue that Suarez was not a conventional number nine either. Both like to drop deep for the ball and run at defenders, twisting and turning on their way.
Reus netted 16 goals for Dortmund last season in the Bundesliga despite playing second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski. As the main man for Liverpool, he could easily reach the 20 goals mark and link well with Sturridge and co.
It's recently been announced that the German has a £20 million release-clause at the start of next season. I think Dortmund may have learnt the hard way by letting Lewandowski leave to rivals Bayern Munich on a free. They may not want to repeat that again and if Liverpool were to put in an offer of around £35 million the German side could cut their losses and sell up.