Scoring goals has been a major issue for Liverpool throughout this season, with the continued struggles for fitness endured by star striker Daniel Sturridge at the root of the problem.
Brendan Rodgers revealed that the England marksman is likely to miss the remainder of the Reds’ season after incurring yet another injury.
His hip is the affected area this time and it has caused Sturridge to miss the Reds’ previous three games, two of which they failed to win.
Across the Merseysiders’ last eight games, only once have they scored more than one goal.
If Liverpool are to finish in the top four – a feat they’re rated at 9/1 to achieve – they’ll need to overcome their goalscoring gripes in the season’s final five games, but who will do the net bulging in Sturridge’s absence.
Raheem Sterling is the club’s current top league scorer with a meagre seven strikes, which puts him one ahead of captain Steven Gerrard and second-in-command Jordan Henderson.
Assuming everyone started from zero for the final quintet of fixtures, the Jamaica-born contract rebel couldn’t be trusted to outscore his peers on account of his substandard finishing ability.
Elsewhere, another lacklustre performance from Mario Balotelli in the club’s goalless draw at West Brom last time out wasn’t that of a striker you could rely on to bag more than keeper Simon Mignolet between now and the season’s end, let alone his fellow outfield contemporaries.
His 6/1 to be top Liverpool top scorer in the coming five matches needs to be swerved as though it were a pothole filled in with shards of glass, but there is some value in the massive 14/1 about one the Italian’s understudies.
It’s not Rickie Lambert – the 12/1 shout’s two Premier League campaign closures across the timeframe we’re looking at brought one and two goals respectively at Southampton – but countryman Fabio Borini.
Forever frozen out of the Anfield picture, the former Chelsea youth could be handed a chance on account of Balotelli’s disinterest and Lambert’s lack of form.
When on loan at Sunderland last season, Borini finished the year in spectacular fashion, registering four goals in his final five games of his temporary stint with the Wearsiders.
It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has shone in the season’s closing stages.
In his final five games of a loan stint at Swansea during their promotion-winning 2010/11 season he hit three goals, while his only Premier League strike for Liverpool in the 2012/13 vintage fell in the same period.
He’s a 9/4 shot to double his term tally with a goal at any point of the first match of five when Liverpool visit Hull.