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Liverpool have a number of attacking options for 2015/16

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Liverpool enjoyed their first pre-season tie in style after beating Thailand all-stars 4-0 where prosperous forward Divock Origi scored his first goal for the Reds, whilst Adam Lallana, Mamadou Sakho and Lazar Markovic netted the other three.

So, now that the pressure is off after the first game is out of the way, let's take the opportunity to run through Brendan Rodgers' options up front after a torrid season in front of goal.

Divock Origi

We start off with the man who has sprung out of the blocks first - Divock Origi. 

I haven't really payed much attention to the youngster's club performances with LOSC Lille in the French Ligue 1, but what I saw from the 20-year-old at last summer's World Cup was impressive.


He netted a goal against Russia and played a major role in Belgium's outstanding run in Brazil which saw them reach the quarter finals.

At the moment, Origi is making a good first impression with Reds fans and with a reasonably easy start to the 2015/16 campaign, he could thrive as one of the Premier League's stars if he manages to push off on the right foot by building his confidence with some formidable form.

Danny Ings

Now onto somebody who has Premier League experience. Danny Ings scored a total of eleven goals in 35 games last season, and at a club at the level of Burnley, that's quite an impressive statistic.

At Liverpool, surrounded by players such as Jordan Henderson and James Milner, who will undoubtedly provide the 22-year-old with plenty of service, we could see the England U-21 hit the 20 goal mark.

Whilst some may expect him to reach that mark, there will always be those who are skeptical of the thought and they have reason to have their doubts.

Danny Ings' conversion rate is something that no striker would be proud of as we saw at Burnley last season. However, by joining a club as big as Liverpool, the youngster will be able to develop his finishing skills and be the striker that he strives to be. 

Mario Balotelli

Is there one more final bite at the cherry for Mario Balotelli? Well, the Italian certainly didn't enjoy the most pleasant of campaigns in 2014/15, but it's only fair to allow him to have a fresh start ahead of the season. This really is last chance saloon for Balotelli to emulate what he once was at Manchester City.



Roberto Firmino

Similar to Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino is a man with no experience in the Premier League, and quite often, newcomers to the English top flight can be dealt a severe low blow and realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. 

In my opinion, Firmino will either be the new Alexis Sanchez if he gets his goalscoring form off to a thrifty start, but alternatively, he could be the new Angel Di Maria, who only manages to shine for a short period of time.

Daniel Sturridge

An injury struck 2014/15 cancelled out the opportunity for Daniel Sturridge to continue his form for the previous season. 

It was always going to be an uphill struggle without the service of Luis Suarez, but that hill was steepened when injury crashed into the 25-year-old head first.

The England international scored four goals in merely twelve appearances, which, when taking into account his mound of suffered casualties throughout the season, is a fairly commendable statistic.

If Sturridge can stay fit this season, I think he could meet the fifteen goal mark.

Christian Benteke

Of course, it's far from certain as to whether the Reds are going to secure the services of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, but recent reports are claiming that a deal is imminent, so would he prove a good signing? 


The Belgian would be a logically intelligent signing as he would partner up with his international colleague Divock Origi.

I'm a great fan of the Belgian, and his goalscoring form with Aston Villa is returning to how good it used to be. Should Benteke carry that into the Liverpool squad, the Reds could be strolling into the top four again.

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Christian Benteke
Liverpool
Divock Origi
Premier League
Daniel Sturridge
Brendan Rodgers
Danny Ings
Mario Balotelli
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