Brendan Rodgers could already be planning a replacement for Mario Balotelli after signing the Italian striker in the summer appears to have backfired.
According to the Daily Express, Porto striker Jackson Martinez is the man that Rodgers is looking to bring to Anfield next summer and the Colombian is reportedly just as keen on a move.
Martinez could make a £30million switch to Anfield before the start of next season as Rodgers looks to boost his team’s goal scoring record.
The Reds have managed just 14 goals so far this season, compared to 15 goals conceded. Compare that with Chelsea’s record of 28 goals for and 11 against and it is clear that Liverpool are a long way from being the title challenging side they dream off.
Daniel Sturridge is the only of Liverpool’s strikers to have scored a league goal this season. Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have failed to make any impression in the Englishman’s injury absence and the loss of Luis Suarez has clearly taken a toll
If the problem is not resolved soon then Rodgers will be left with no option but to seek another proven goal scorer.
Jackson Martinez is a man who would definitely fit the bill.
The Colombian international has scored 51 goals in 64 league appearances since signing for Porto in the summer of 2012. That equates to a goal average of 0.89 goals per game, a record that is better than that of Radamel Falcao’s 0.80 (41 goals/51 games).
That tally shows that Martinez is natural goal scorer and has the ability to match the world’s top strikers. If Liverpool cannot start to find the net on a more regular basis he is exactly the type of big singing the club will need to make to appease fans.
However, the need for goals appears a little too desperate to allow the situation to go on until next summer.
Even with Daniel Sturridge working his way back to fitness he can’t be expected to carry the full burden by himself.
Liverpool need goals and quickly. If no one from the current squad can step up soon then they will have to consider making a move for a striker in January to rescue their season. Whether Martinez will be available in the January window remains to be seen, Porto may want to hold on to him to aid their title pursuit this season.
Liverpool certainly need to find an answer to their goal troubles but in their current state they cannot afford to wait until summer to take action. If Martinez is not available till the summer then they will need to turn their attention elsewhere in January.