Can exciting Ezequiel Lavezzi solve Liverpool’s striker woes?
Liverpool, 5/1 with Coral for a top four finish, could splash out on PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi in an attempt to add an injection of ingenuity in to their attack.
Brendan Rodgers has been left disappointed with his Luis Suarez-funded summer shopping spree, as misfiring forwards Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic continue to disappoint.
The Reds have looked a shadow of their former selves and are facing an increasing uphill battle to secure a coveted Champions League spot.
Rodgers needs recruits, and the Anfield hierarchy are apparently ready to shell out once again for a new star to add spark to Liverpool’s stuttering attack.
Versatile former Napoli forward Lavezzi looked set to hit new heights after making the switch from Serie A to Ligue 1, but has proven inconsistent at the Parc des Princes.
Another player who can blow hot and cold may not sound like the answer to Liverpool’s problems up top but, on Merseyside, Lavezzi could play leading man once again and may just shine away from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow.
Rodgers’ Reds have long been linked with an interest in the adaptable attacker and could now land the Argentina international for around £8m, with PSG supposedly keen to offload the 29-year-old in a bid to lower their wage bill.
That price would be somewhat of a coup, with the Anfield outfit in search of an instigator in offence to link up with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool lack a credible goal threat with Sturridge still sidelined and tricky Lavezzi may not be the answer to that particular problem, as the intriguing Argentine has mediocre scoring stats, having netted just 25 times in over 100 games for the Ligue 1 giants.
However, with prolific Sturridge set for a return, wide forward Lavezzi could prove to be the perfect foil and a smart piece of business.
For under £10m the experienced frontman would be a relatively low-risk gamble. Quick, strong and with a wicked cross in his locker, Lavezzi and his impressive link-up play could slot straight into Rodgers’ fast-paced attacking football philosophy.
PSG (25/1 to lift the Champions League), meanwhile, are said to be keen on acquiring Benfica wingman Nicolas Gaitan as a replacement, but could have to fend off interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Valencia.
Lavezzi’s compatriot Gaitan is still only 26, and the playmaker could apparently be prised from Portugal for his reported £27m release clause.