Amidst reports that Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer, Jurgen Klopp could soon have a serious dilemma on his hands.
When fit, Sturridge is one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League, however, having missed 81 games for Liverpool since his arrival three years ago, the forward is becoming increasingly dispensable.
Speaking to talkSPORTon Friday morning, Kieron Dyer stated Klopp would need to spend in the region of £50 million to replace the 26-year-old and whilst that fee may prove to be excessive, here are three potential candidates.
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1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
As evidenced by Christian Benteke's struggles this season, any potential acquisiton must be able to fit into Klopp's renowned Gegenpressing.
As a quick, direct, athletic forward who has previously played under the German, Aubamyang fits the bill perfectly and he could feasibly be Liverpool's top target.
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The 26-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season scoring 20 goals in just 19 league appearances.
Tempting Aubameyang away from the lure of Champions League football would be difficult, however, the striker has all the attributes to excel at Anfield alongside creators such as Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.
2. Alvaro Morata
According to Marca, Real Madrid are reportedly considering exercising their buy-back clause on Morata in order to make a quick profit.
Los Blancos are allegedly in a position to buy back the Juventus striker for just €32 million, in the hope of selling him on for a significantly larger sum.
At 23, Morata possesses an impressively rounded game for such a young striker as, despite his size, he is much more than a mere target man.
The Spanish striker shot to prominence last season by scoring five goals on Juventus's route to the Champions League final and though he has failed to hit those heights this year, Morata would still be a real coup for Liverpool.
3. Saido Berahino
Realistically, due to Sturridge's injury record - the striker has missed more games than he has played since joining in 2013 - Liverpool can only realistically expect to gain around £20 million for his transfer.
Berahino may be lacking his compatriot's experience on the big stage, however, the 22-year-old could be the closest thing to a like-for-like replacement.
Recent histrionics aside, Berahino has shown at West Bromwich Albion why he is so highly rated, whilst his pace, ability to finish off both feet and direct style could suit Klopp's philosophy perfectly.
Tony Pulis is unlikely to consistently trust the Burundi-born forward before the end of the season thus, Berahino's value should stay at around the £20 million mark, making him a very viable target.
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