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Liverpool plot move for Saido Berahino after impressive start to the season

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Liverpool are rumoured to be chasing West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Impressive start

The 21-year-old has had a superb start to this season, already netting six goals in just eight appearances. His latest strike came in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United, when the forward latched onto Chris Brunt's inch-perfect through ball to calmly slot past David De Gea.

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Berahino has very much become the Baggies' main striker at the Hawthorns, starting every Premier League game and putting in some fantastic performances and currently sits second on the top goal-scorer list behind Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa.

Liverpool chasing

His immense form has saw many top English clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all chasing the England U21 international. However, it is likely that the Merseyside club will be the side who are most keen on inking a deal with Berahino, given the lack of goals at the club this season.

The Reds have scored just 13 top flight strikes all season, and needed the help of Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker own goals to grasp a lucky 3-2 victory at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Poor striker form

Main forward Daniel Sturridge started the season brightly, netting against Southampton on the first game of the campaign, however he's been injured since September and expects at least another two weeks on the side-lines.

£16 million signing Mario Balotelli was drafted in from AC Milan in the summer, however he has started terribly at Anfield. The Italian has netted just once in nine appearances, and is still searching for his first goal in the Premier League.

That goes hand-in-hand with some dismal performances, where the 24-year-old hasn't looked interested in being on the pitch. 'Super Mario' was plain awful against QPR, giving the ball away far too easily and his afternoon was summed up when he missed an open goal midway through the second half.

Rodgers also signed Rickie Lambert from Southampton for £4 million in July, and he has had little impact on the Liverpool team. The Kirkby native still awaits his first goal for his boyhood club, missing several chances in the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City away and the 2-1 home victory against West Brom.

Likewise Fabio Borini, who returned to Anfield after a season on loan at Sunderland, is still yet to get on the score-sheet this term.

Berahino the answer

Based on the evidence, Berahino - who scored against Liverpool in the 2-1 defeat earler this month - would make a suitable signing for Rodgers. The Burundi-native has excellent potential to become one of the league's top strikers, as already displayed this campaign.

He has an excellent work-rate and temperament, giving his all to win the ball back for his side when not in possession. This is something that Balotelli has not been doing on Merseyside, and that has frustrated Reds fans, considering the sum paid for him.

He also meets the requirements of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman has a policy of buying young players who he can develop into the way he plays football, as saw with the signings of Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, to name a few.

With Berahino just 21, he could easily be mentored to play the Rodgers way, and become a goal-machine on Merseyside.

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