Liverpool’s striking problems have been well-documented this season. In their eight Premier League games so far, the Reds have managed just 10 goals – five of which came in one game against Norwich. Manager Brendan Rodgers saw his striking options depleted significantly over the summer with the sale of Dirk Kuyt and the loan of Andy Carroll to West Ham, and the failure to sign any replacements means his choices are now severely limited. The injury sustained by Fabio Borini whilst on international duty last week means that Liverpool now have only Luis Suarez to rely on as a senior striking option, and with Rodgers refusing to discuss the possibility of recalling Carroll from his loan in January, what other options does the manager have?
- Daniel Pacheco – Whilst not an out-and-out frontman, the creative Spaniard provides a real attacking threat and has been finding the net regularly for the Liverpool U21s this season. His recent goal against the Manchester City U21s showed that he is capable of moments of real magic, and Pacheco may be the perfect foil to play behind Suarez. He can also fill in on either wing, so if Raheem Sterling or Suso fail to chip in with goals from the flanks, Dani could be Liverpool’s man.
- Adam Morgan – 18-year-old Morgan has already appeared for the senior team in the Europa League this season. Whilst he failed to find the net on those occasions, he can’t stop scoring for the U21s at the moment. Three goals in his last three games means that Morgan must surely be pushing for a place in the senior squad. A more traditional striker than Pacheco, Morgan could fit into the first team playing in front of Suarez, or even on the wing where he has also impressed for the U21s.
- Samed Yesil – A record of 57 goals in just 71 appearances for the Bayern Leverkusen youth teams, and 31 in 32 at international level, show that summer signing Yesil has a proven eye for goal. The 18-year-old German has also made the senior squad this season, suggesting that the shortage of strikers at Liverpool may see his progress to the first team fast-tracked. His outstanding goal record makes the youngster a particularly exciting progress and, like Morgan, he may be able to fill the role as the finisher that Liverpool desperately need at the moment.
- Michael Ngoo – The big striker is about to turn 21 and a call-up to the first team may not be far away. Being a tall target man may not have been enough for Andy Carroll to force his way into Rodger’s plans, but Ngoo may have the ball control and footwork to compliment his obvious strength and power. His physical presence may provide Rodgers with a different option to the likes of Pacheco or Morgan, and the ability to have a reliable plan B may prove essential for Liverpool’s season to progress. Another with a proven scoring record at youth level, Ngoo could be the man to whom Rodgers turns in order to solve his striking woes.