Ever since the controversially brilliant Luis Suarez departed for the promised land of Barcelona Liverpool's forward line has looked a minuscule threat compared to what it previously was.
The Uruguayan was arguably the finest player in the division during his time at Anfield and was the main catalyst in Liverpool's first title challenge in years.
Liverpool must act
Now Liverpool need someone to come in and help re-invent there lacklustre forward department. Daniel Sturridge's injury problems are a real concern and the less said about Mario Balotelli the better.
Danny Ings may prove to be a wise investment but he is nowhere near the required level at the moment to realistically improve Liverpool.
The missing man
Christian Benteke, however, may be the man to do just that. The big Belgian was in the form of his career after Tim Sherwood's arrival at Aston Villa freed him from the shackles of Paul Lambert's dreadful system.
He seemed a man reborn as he fired in 11 goals in his last 13 matches of the season; a truly astonishing record considering the lack of obvious talent present at Villa Park to give him the required service.
He is a born goal scorer, a finisher of the highest quality when fully fit and physically a defender's nightmare. Benteke won the most aerial duels out of the entire Premier League last season with 188, further emphasising his potent physical presence.
Physical strength is a major issue for Liverpool's forward line. Despite the obvious technical talent of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, none of the three are known for their strength on the ball or indeed in the air.
Another characteristic that will only improve Liverpool offensively is Benteke's clinical finishing in front of goal. Liverpool create a lot of chances and had the third most shots on goal in Premier League last season with 590.
The answer seems obvious, Liverpool need a finisher and unfortunately they don't have one at this moment in time. Benteke could be the answer they are looking for, with the right service and the quality of the creative players at Liverpool I feel he would thrive as their main striker.
Why not give it a go?
Benteke not only had a 45% shot accuracy last season but converted 20.3% of his chances (stats from Squawka) a vast improvement on Liverpool's misfiring squad.
We must also remember that Benteke is still young and will surely only get better. His obvious improvement under the guidance of Sherwood shows that he possesses the capabilities to be one of the Premier League's finest.
He won't come cheap, but after some of the signings of recent years at Anfield this one seems like a much wiser investment in my eyes. Proven Premier League class that can only improve? It’s a no-brainer for me Brendan, cough up the cash.
Liverpool fans, is Benteke the missing link for your side? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
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