Jürgen Klopp has become synonymous during his time as Liverpool manager for playing without an orthodox striker, and has instead utilised Roberto Firmino as a focal point.
Up until now, it’s a system that has served Klopp extremely well, with Firmino become central to everything that Liverpool do in an attacking sense and earning plaudits as high as some calling him the most complete striker in Europe, if not the world.
However, in recent weeks, Firmino has looked rather out of sorts and this was personified by his performance against Everton, whereby he looked out of touch, out of ideas and out of energy.
If it wasn’t for Divock Origi’s unfathomable winner against Everton, it would have been another fruitless display from Liverpool’s strikers (including Daniel Sturridge in that category). This is a particular worry when they clearly need to give their main man Firmino some down time.
So attention then turns to the transfer market as January looms large, and the question will be being asked if the Reds need another, new striking option. Should they turn to a new signing, these are three players Liverpool should consider as striking reinforcements.
1. Timo Werner
A name that continues to crop up, window after window. And with 8 goals in 13 Bundesliga appearances this season, it’s hard not to see why.
The 22-year-old Leipzig forward has been catching the eye of many around the world for his strong displays at such a young age for a striker. He seems like a good blend of traditional and modern centre forward, packed with all of the capabilities to equip him well in the Premier League – a little like Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The German connection with Klopp could be something that could help sway Werner into switching to Anfield, but Leipzig are most likely still reeling that they lost Naby Keita to Liverpool very recently, making any deal a tricky one to negotiate.
2. Anthony Martial
Let’s just say it: the young Frenchman is wasted at United and Mourinho is ruining his career.
The Golden Boy winner of 2015 seems a long way from his best but undoubtedly an incredibly talented footballer with an eye for goal.
He would certainly boast an upgrade to Origi and Solanke, the latter of which certainly has talent, but Klopp doesn’t have the time or opportunity to put his trust in him.
With someone like Martial on the bench, there comes more of a threat should Klopp need him. He’s almost more of a traditional striker, like Werner, and gives Liverpool the option to mix up their approach a little bit more should Plan A not be working.
Again, he’d come at a cost, and he’d come from Manchester United – a path very rarely trodden in the past. It’d be a hard deal to get over the line, but it could be a lucrative one.
3. Son Heung-Min
Perhaps the most versatile out of the three options listed here, but Spurs’ South Korean striker would be a perfect fit at Liverpool.
Perhaps not as a back up and more of a first choice, but he’s a man that would push not only Firmino but Mané, Salah and the creative midfielder good competition for places.
He’s fast, direct, a clinical finisher, a good runner, hard working and a technically gifted player who could effortlessly combine the midfield and attack should Firmino’s poor form continue and would fulfil the void left by a goal scorer, too.
He would come at a hefty price though, and Spurs would not be very willing to sell to a direct rival, but he’d be a great way to strengthen the squad.