Last summer saw Liverpool mirror Arsenal’s moves in the transfer market, making signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona a top priority just as the Gunners did.
This particular endeavour bore no fruit, with the Chilean opting for north London, where he has scored 21 goals across all competitions.
Liverpool’s four mainline forwards of Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Raheem Sterling have 19 between them.
After aping Arsenal to no avail in the previous campaign, it appears the Reds have now decided to draw up a shortlist of targets identical to that which rivals Manchester United will be working from this summer, according to widespread reports.
The Daily Telegraph envisage a major rebuilding operation being undertaken by Brendan Rodgers during pre-season, with enhancing his attack believed to be a top priority.
However, those he regards as the solution to his final third quandaries could all be donning Man Utd red next season if you believe everything you read in the papers.
Perhaps this tendency to imitate his rivals is borne out of Rodgers’ largely woeful record in the transfer market, but competing with United is a dangerous game, especially with the prospect of Liverpool landing a Champions League spot next season looking increasingly unlikely.
Still, that hasn’t stopped them earmarking PSV speedster Memphis Depay as a must-buy this summer.
In addition to the extra pull a move to Old Trafford is sure to have following this campaign’s closure, the Red Devils are handed an extra advantage in this particular pursuit on account of the relationship shared between the player and coach Louis van Gaal.
Christian Benteke is another the Telegraph reckon is a property the Reds regard among the hottest around.
Aston Villa rate the Belgian at around £30m, but the prospect of playing an ancillary role to Sturridge is one that won’t appeal.
Rodgers has favoured one central striker this season while United have been prepared to go with multiple prongs leading their line.
This is a factor that will see alleged third Liverpool target Danny Ings favour a switch to the Theatre of Dreams.
Rodgers poor track record of signing players to spearhead his attack is another contributor to this assumed mindset.
Sturridge aside, his copybook is besmirched with some sizeable blots in the shape of Balotelli, Lambert and Fabio Borini.