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Four strikers that could arrive at Anfield this summer

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A heartbreak end to what was an iconic season for Liverpool. With the title theirs to lose, they found themselves getting hurt by nerves, the pressure quite literally got to them. Nevertheless, The Reds impressed throughout last season, making up for their porous defence by scoring over 100 goals in the League.

The centre part of this system was the sensational form of strike partners Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez who netted 52 times between them, more than 11 of the clubs in the league. When Suarez departed from Merseyside to join a certain Catalan giant, Liverpool were left with a hugely difficult job to try and replicate the form and the class that he brought.

Suarez left for around £70 Million and he was replaced by Ricky Lambert and Mario Balotelli, the latter bought for a very hefty fee – and big things were expected of the Italian. The least said about his one Premier League goal, the better then, eh? Daniel Sturridge could not continue his form from the last season after sustaining an injury at the end of September which kept him out for five months. Just nine games into his return to the side he sustained yet another injury, which put him out until the end of the season.

It tells just how poorly Liverpool have dealt with Suarez’s departure that Everton‘s defenders have scored more goals than their new, and makeshift, strike-force this season. Sturridge, Lambert, Balotelli and Borini have 8 goals put together, whilst Everton’s defenders have 9… Awkward. It’s a crucial summer for Liverpool. They have to make the right choices on who to purchase in regards to the attack. They simply can’t go on with the strikers they have now, so which four strikers could potentially be playing in the red of Liverpool next year?

Danny Ings

The Burnley striker’s contract is up this summer, and even though he started his debut Premier League season off superbly, his goals have certainly dried up recently. 9 goals in his first season is not a bad return at all, and the 21 year old still has time on his side. Making nine appearances for the England U21 team – he definitely has a huge future in the top flight.

With the Turf Moor team all but down, Ings has been linked with Liverpool for the most part of the season – and Brendan Rodgers was interested in a deal back in January. He seems to have attracted attention by Louis Van Gaal, amongst others – so it won’t be easy for Liverpool to strike up a deal.

Charlie Austin

Danny Ings predecessor at Burnley, Charlie Austin, has had a similarly impressive season in the Premier League. An astounding 17 goals has given Rangers the chance of beating the drop – even though they now seem to have failed the challenge. He’s been proved as a natural goalscorer from non-league to Premier League and looks set to prove his worth on the international stage as he gets ready for a call up to the Three Lions next month.

With a year left on his contract, Austin will be available for around £10 Million and has proved that he could do a job in Merseyside.

Christian Benteke

A player who has been rejuvenated by Tim Sherwood, in his 10 games in charge, the Belgian has matched it with 10 goals – some record. The 6 foot 3 in striker has attracted attention throughout his three year spell with Villa. 48 goals in 97 games speaks for itself, but his services would come for a very round sum.

With new owners set to take over at Villa Park, they wouldn’t want their greeting to be selling their star player. With Tim Sherwood promising a huge long-term plan, it may be a project that Benteke would want to be part of. Champions League football would be a huge attraction should Liverpool miraculously gain fourth place, but he could have Europa League next season with Villa, should they be successful in their FA Cup final later this month.

Edinson Cavani

Born in the same city as one Luis Suarez, Cavani would no doubts come under the category of ‘marquee signings’. The PSG striker has been largely a reserve for Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season, and a move for him is most likely on the cards this summer. When not sat on the bench, he’s been played on the flanks, much to his dissatisfaction.

Liverpool certainly have a lot of competition for his writing on the dotted line. Manchester United and Juventus are both on the list of suitors, with Juventus potentially in a Champions League final, the Italian giants might be more of an attractive option than Rodgers’ scousers.

If Liverpool want to push on next term, their strike-force needs additions and changes – and there’s no questions about that. Danny Ings and Charlie Austin are probably not the answer, even though Austin guarantees goals wherever he goes. Christian Benteke would be a fantastic move for them, if they can get it over the line and Cavani would be the dream for Liverpool. Other names have also been thrown around, like West Brom‘s Saido Berahino, Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. The European names would all be worthwhile, but it remains to be seen if Liverpool will be playing in the Champions League – which is the decisive factor with the majority of top players.

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Signing Yaya Toure is not enough to gain support for West Ham board

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West Ham United are believed to be close to appointing former Premier League winning coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, and reports indicate that it could lead to a coup signing in his former player Yaya Toure.

The Telegraph make the claims as they say that previous talks between the Hammers and the free agent broke down, but the appointment of the Chilean would smooth matters and may make a deal more feasible.

In truth, the signing may not actually impress West Ham fans all that much. They have grown used to the signing of players who were dominating the game five years ago and are now past their best. The signings of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Patrice Evra over the past year have shown as much with mixed results.

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The board are desperately seeking a way to get fans back onside as discontent grows and fans accuse them of not spending sufficiently to back their team and the signing of such a high profile player of immense quality may satisfy those wishes.

That may be the plan, but Yaya Toure made only two Premier League starts in 2017/18 and such a record bares terrifying resemblances to the likes of Andy Carroll, commanding a high wage whilst spending more time in the stands watching on than actually making an impact.

Toure could provide a spark and excitement, there’s no denying that he would be an invigorating addition, but he is not the long-term solution that the club require as fans cry out for players with potential and already at their best. His signing would be a mere distraction.

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Liverpool target Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca would add superb attacking depth

The Brazilian has recorded 28 goal contributions in Turkey this season.

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After Besiktas’ 5-1 home win over Sivasspor on Saturday, manager Senol Gunes strongly hinted that star attacker Anderson Talisca would be joining Liverpool this summer.

The possible signing of the Brazilian midfielder would be a superb acquisition for Liverpool, adding depth and quality to the club’s star-studded attack.

According to FourFourTwo, the Besiktas manager confirmed Talisca would be leaving the Turkish club for the Premier League after two years on loan from Benfica.

And Gunes dropped a massive hint that put Liverpool as the possible frontrunners in attaining his signature ahead of Manchester United.

“He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun,” Gunes replied when asked about Talisca’s English destination.

Of course, former Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun plays for Everton– leading many to jump to the conclusion that Talisca is headed to Anfield instead of Old Trafford.

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The signing would represent a strong statement of intent from the Reds, as Talisca has enjoyed a stunning two seasons at Besiktas and is a burgeoning attacking talent.

In 47 appearances this season, the 24-year-old was involved in an impressive 28 goals, scoring 20 and assisting eight.

And the Brazilian’s past form shows this fantastic season is not a one-off. In 2016/17, Talisca bagged 17 goals and six assists, despite only featuring 33 times in all competitions.

While some might argue that the Turkish Super Lig has a poorer defensive standard than the Premier League, Talisca has proven his worth in European competition as well. In his time at Besiktas, he has notched five Champions League goals, as well as two goals and four assists in the Europa League.

The Brazilian youth international would add impressive offensive depth for Liverpool, as the Reds look to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The purchase of the prolific attacking midfielder would be an ideal first step in assembling a squad that could bring Anfield its first league trophy in over two decades.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have already identified Eric Dier’s £25 million replacement in Wilmar Barrios

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Losing first team regulars may not be a complete surprise to Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino, and that may why be reports are indicating that the coach has already lined up an alternative to Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama should either move on this summer.

The Sun say that there is still interest in Dier, who will be at the World Cup with England, whilst Wanyama’s struggles with injury may mean that Pochettino looks elsewhere for the role of midfield enforcer.

They believe the target to be Boca Juniors’ 24-year-old holding midfielder Wilmar Barrios, a Colombian international who plays alongside Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez at international level.

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The youngster has become a key man in the Boca Juniors side but, perhaps unusually, has not caught the attention of many in Europe. Barrios has, though, developed a reputation as one of the best players in South America, particularly in his position, as he has become a linchpin protecting his back four.

That is protected in his very impressive stats, which show that he makes on average three tackles per game and 2.8 interceptions per match, compared to the 1.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions for Dier playing in a very similar role.

Barrios’ intelligent reading of the game has drawn comparisons to Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, with both men guilt of diving into tackles on occasion despite all of their many strengths.

He may be raw, with no experience of playing in Europe, but at £25 million he could prove to be a bargain and Mauricio Pochettino’s return home to go on a shopping spree could provide a long-term solution to the holding midfield role which seems as uncertain as ever after the 2017/18 season.

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