Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has tried to play down suggestions that the club will invest heavily in the January transfer window, although new additions still appear likely.
Ever since Liverpool failed to recruit at least one striker in the final days of August, the New Year has been looked toward as a light at the end of tunnel where support could finally been attained for Luis Suarez. An injury to the club’s only other established forward Fabio Borini has only heightened that sense of desperation.
Rodgers has confirmed that it is the attacking end where he is looking to add to his squad.
"If we can get in the quality in the final third we need to support what we have, then there will be enough to keep the team moving forward," Rodgers said, according to Sky Sports.
"But I am not so sure that will happen in January,” he added. “This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where we are at.
"There has been big investment in the club and lots of players went out and a few came in during the summer, so we will look to do some business.
"But it is a thing which is evolving more slowly. The team is coming together and I can see improvement all the time."
The Daily Mail puts forward the names of Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince as possible targets. Chelsea forward Sturridge was thought to be close to a loan move to Anfield in the summer, before stating that he would only consider a permanent deal. Liverpool could now return in January with a £12 million offer, according to the Mail.
Sturridge has barely featured at Chelsea this season, although it remains to be seen how he will be viewed by new boss Rafael Benitez.
The reported pursuit of Ince is particularly interesting because the England Under-21 international was only sold by Liverpool to current club Blackpool in the summer of 2011. He has been a big success in the Championship, though, and the 20-year-old is also reportedly on the radar of Manchester United.
Now just 18 months after selling him for £250,000, Rodgers could be set to bring Ince back to Anfield in a £6 million deal, claim the Mail.
Another forward put forward as a possible Liverpool target is Lazio’s Mauro Zarate. The Argentinian has featured sparingly for the Serie A side this season and could be available for £10 million, according to Metro.
The 25-year-old has previous experience of the Premier League, having spent the second half of the 2007-2008 season on loan at Birmingham City.