Liverpool transfer targets compared: Depay, Benteke and Premier League hotshot analysed

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According to the Express, Liverpool are targeted a trio of strikers as part of an extravagant summer spending spree.

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With Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert having failed to impress at Anfield, and Daniel Sturridge continuing to struggle with his fitness, Liverpool are in need of an overhaul in attack.

If Rodgers keeps his job on Merseyside, the former Swansea City coach is planning to invest heavily in his offensive line.

Three key names have been linked with a move to the Reds, but how does this trio compare to one another?

The club’s planned move for Danny Ings will not come as a surprise.

The Reds have been linked with the forward since 2014, and with his contract at Burnley running out this summer, he would be available on a free transfer at the end of June.

The 23-year-old already has Premier League experience, while his Premier League scoring rate of nine in 31 games this season is encouraging—particularly for a first-timer in the EPL.

However, another transfer target—PSV’s Memphis Depay—is both younger than Ings, at 21, and has already represented the Netherlands at a World Cup.

His scoring rate this season—21 goals in 28 Eredivisie appearances—is also markedly better than that of Ings, but his reported fee of over €30million [via ESPN] and the fact he’s never played in the Premier League, would make him much more of a gamble than the Clarets hitman.
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Christian Benteke is the third striker to be linked to Anfield, and while he too would cost big money—upwards of £30 million according to the Telegraph—he is proven in the Premier League and possesses a happy combination of physical and technical qualities, making him perhaps the most versatile option of the three.

The 24-year-old has already managed 10 goals in only 22 starts in the Premier League so far this season, demonstrating how much more accomplished he is than Ings.

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