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Liverpool lacked a quality finisher in Tuesday's defeat at Leicester.

Liverpool’s failure to sign a proven goalscorer could affect their season aspirations

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For a club that many still believe to be one of the biggest in the world, you wouldn’t expect Liverpool to be sat eighth in the Premier League with even Europa League football in doubt.

The Reds have scored only 30 Premier League goals this season, and given that Christian Benteke is their top scorer in the league with just six goals, you can see why they are struggling.

In the January transfer window, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for ex-Shakhtar Donetsk man Alex Teixeira, who recently completed a big-money transfer to China's Jiangsu Suning. A move failed to materialise, though, despite the attacking midfielder's reported desire to leave.

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Manager Jurgen Klopp was believed to have made two bids for the Brazilian, the highest of which £24 million - well short of the Ukrainian side's demand of £35 million.

The club's inability to sign Teixeira, or any proven goalscorers for that matter, will come as a disappointment to Klopp, who since taking over hasn't shown much faith in the aforementioned Benteke.

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Instead, the German has opted for summer signing Roberto Firmino as striker in the Premier League and relegated the Belgian to FA Cup fixtures, during which Klopp has has deployed fringe players and youth prospects.

The problem isn’t just Benteke, however. Daniel Sturridge, who when fit has proved a crucial player for Liverpool, has spent more time injured than on the pitch in recent times.

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Since Klopp’s appointment on October 8, the England international has been involved in only three games; he is yet to complete 90 minutes under the German manager.

Divock Origi is the only other man in the frame, especially with Danny Ings’ knee injury ruling him out for the season. The Belgian has also suffered with spells on the sidelines this season, and even when he has been fit, Origi has failed to impress.

In his eight Premier League games, the 20-year-old has scored just once.

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With Benteke continuing to misfire upfront, Liverpool are in need of a player capable of scoring the goals to win them games. Even with the failure to sign Teixeira, Liverpool still had all of January to buy someone capable of finding the net.

The lack of transfer business looks like it could hurt Liverpool in the second half of the campaign, and it showed on Tuesday night against Leicester City, where the Reds had only two shots on target.

With their chances of making the Champions League places ever-fading, their inability to sign a consistent goalscorer will hinder Liverpool.

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