Liverpool are being linked with a £30m move for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, but history shows the Reds need to be more cautious when spending big.
Christian Benteke was brought in over the summer for £32.5m, but the forward has yet to justify his price tag.
The 25-year-old has only scored eight times in 35 appearances across all competitions since heading to Anfield, costing over £4m-per-goal.
In contrast, he found the net on 15 occasions over 34 games for Aston Villa last term, meaning he has clearly found the step up difficult.
Like his compatriot did last season, Batshuayi is performing well for a side that is languishing in the bottom half of the table.
The 22-year-old has 19 goals to his name in 42 matches, but it hasn’t been enough to help Marseille’s cause, with L’OM sitting 15th in Ligue 1.
These similarities with Benteke mean Liverpool must approach any deal for Batshuayi with caution.
But Benteke isn’t the only striker the Merseysiders have squandered £30m+ on before.
Andy Carroll was recruited by Kenny Dalglish at the end of the 2011 January transfer window, at a cost of £35m.
Over a three-year spell, the Englishman managed just 44 Premier League appearances, registering only six strikes.
If you combine the transfers of Carroll and Benteke, Liverpool have paid £62.5m for 13 top-flight goals, with each coming at a cost of £4.8m-per-goal.
Anfield transfer committee struggles when gauging who to really open their cheque book for. When comparing these big money misfits to some more successful signings purchased below the £30m threshold, the Reds would set a cap on their striker spending if they were smart.
Luis Suarez was signed in the same transfer window as Carroll, but for £22.7m, while Fernando Torres cost the club £20m in 2007.
Both these talented forwards were integral to Liverpool two recent title challenges, with Torres scoring 24 times in the 2008/09 campaign while Suarez netted on 33 occasions in 2013/14 before selling the pair for massive profit.
Thus, the Reds should spend no more than £25m on a striker and this would still be enough to bring in some really quality as proven with the two talismanic figures previously mentioned.