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Four players who could solve Liverpool's striker crisis

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Modified 20 Mar 2019
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Liverpool have not been able to replace Luis Suarez properly after he departed for Barcelona

With Fabio Borini’s departure imminent, Rickie Lambert not getting younger, Mario Balotelli firing blanks and Daniel Sturridge constantly on the treatment table, it doesn’t take a genius to realize the importance of signing a proven goalscorer before the end of the transfer window. 

To be honest, I’ve been really impressed by Liverpool’s transfer committee thus far. Quality outshines quantity at every aspect and though we have all but completed six (and counting) signings already even before the start of July, I have to admit that the likes of Firmino and James Milner (as a free transfer especially) were really-really good buys.

Joe Gomez is definitely one for the future, so let’s just hope his career doesn’t go down the same path as Samed Yesil or Conor Coady. Ings and Bogdan are realistically squad players, but the former Burnley man’s decision to wear the number 28 jersey instead of the famous 7 had me stunned. Let’s hope he earns his way to greatness the same way Stevie G did by starting off with that #28!

If I told you that Liverpool have made six new signings, you must have thought at least one of it would be a decent goal-machine. On the dark side, no. On the bright side, however, we have been linked with a number of goal-busters out there. The likes of Carlos Bacca, Mauro Icardi, Fernando Llorente and even Rondon have all been shortlisted. Apart from them, who else fits the bill?


1. Kevin Volland

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Volland’s link-up play with Liverpool new-boy Roberto Firmino has been tantalizing to watch at TSG Hoffenheim

If you hate Zac Efron, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t like this Zac Efron lookalike. Initially included in the preliminary 30-man roster for Germany’s World Cup campaign, the 22-year-old narrowly missed out due to manager Joachim Low’s decision to opt for the veteran Miroslav Klose in his squad. With 3 national caps to his name now, Volland has previously featured and scored in every youth team for his country starting with the U17s.

Standing at 5’11”, Volland has a great physique which weights him up to 82kg. This allows his hold-up game to be very strong as shielding the ball away from the opposition defenders is one of his main traits. Volland, albeit so often used as a right winger during his years at the Bundesliga, has the abilities to be a centre-forward thanks to his cool finishing and physical presence in front of goal.

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I am both a classic 9 and a true 9 if you want me to define myself. I have been used in every attacking position at Hoffenheim- 

Kevin Volland

His link-up play with Liverpool new-boy Roberto Firmino has also been tantalizing to watch at TSG Hoffenheim. I certainly wouldn’t say no to see such graceful attacking football from the duo at Anfield next season!

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Published 26 Jun 2015, 19:48 IST
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