Liverpool are set to call back striker Divock Origi earlier than scheduled, in the aftermath of Daniel Sturridge's latest injury, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Sturridge picked up a fresh thigh strain earlier this week that leaves him sidelined for a further six weeks and adds to Brendan Rodgers' growing problem of goals going in at Anfield.
However, the Northern Irishman's prayers could be answered if he manages to bring his £10 million forward across the English Channel earlier than expected and are willing to pay whatever fee necessary to acquire Origi's services in January.
The Belgian signed for the Reds this summer from Lille, however, part of the transfer conditions was that the 19-year-old remained with the Ligue 1 side for one final season.
Poor forward form
Sturridge, who has been injured since early September, was expected to make his return to the Liverpool set-up for Sunday's game against Crystal Palace.
It came as a massive bonus for the club, having scored just 14 Premier League goals all season and currently sit 11th in the table.
Striker's Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are yet to net in the top flight and become increasingly frustrating to watch for Kopites.
Balotelli has lead the forward-line for the most part, however, has failed to adapt to Liverpool's style of play and put in some dismal performances.
The only positive fans had of the Italian was that he linked well with Sturridge on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur, however the former Chelsea man's injury has grasped that glimpse of hope away.
To bring the youngster to the shores of the River Mersey makes a lot of sense for Rodgers.
He is a young, hungry footballer, who has admitted he can't wait to be playing football at Anfield.
Origi's style is similar to what the former Swansea City boss wants to inflict on his side - quick, counter-attacking football that kills teams off within the first-half.
Origi has all of those talents and has displayed them for both Lille and Belgium this season and is developing into a fine striker.
Too much pressure too early
However, it could be unfair to throw the teenager into the deep end.
To make the transition from French to English football is one thing, however, leading the forward-line of a side pushing for Champions League football is another.
Origi's future is bright, and he performed well in the World Cup in the summer, but playing in the Premier League is a different kettle of fish.
He will not be up against side's such as Algeria, but playing the world's best defenders on a weekly basis.
Splash the cash
It could make sense for Rodgers to go out and spend money on a new striker.
Liverpool had money to spend in the transfer window, regardless of Luis Suarez's £75 million move to Barcelona.
That fee received for the Uruguayan was a bonus and should have been spend on signing a top striker to replace him.
However, the Reds spent just £16 million on Balotelli, a forward who is not a proven goalscorer and brings controversy.
Sturridge's track record shows that he is bound to get injured during a season. Liverpool cannot rely on Origi, even next season and must chase a top forward.
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