The phrase “if you don’t shoot, you don’t score” is fairly self explanatory, but Liverpool are living proof that constant pot-shotting at goal can bring productive results.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are both among the top four players in the Premier League in terms of their number of shots per game, with SAS firing in over nine shots on average each time they step onto the pitch.
This has heavily contributed to Liverpool’s Premier League high of 88 goals so far this season and the consistent reduction of their price to 7/4 to lift the title for the first time since 1990.
However, it is no secret that they lack squad depth in a number of positions and a new striker is almost certain to arrive at Anfield in the summer, now that they have one foot and four toes in the Champions League next season.
Young Swiss striker Josep Drmic is one name on the radar and he is sure to flash even brighter if Nuremberg are relegated this season, where a cheap deal could materialise.
Five goals in his last four appearances is a healthy return and he seems equally adept at finishing with both feet.
But he is not a particular secure passer at present, which may not be ideal for a manager in the mould of Brendan Rodgers, who puts a large focus on ball retention.
Therefore, Rodgers may want to take his search elsewhere in the Bundesliga for additional striking options and the three names below look prime shortlist candidates.
Lasogga is the most regular shooter in the Bundesliga this season, at a more frequent rate than Sturridge and has been rewarded with 12 goals in 17 starts on loan at Hamburg from Hertha Berlin.
With nine of these goals coming on the road, this could prove a big asset next season.
Aside from his goals, another positive that Suarez brings to Liverpool is the number of successful dribbles he completes per game, with only Eden Hazard and Andros Townsend managing more in the English top flight.
Another player to better Suarez is Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse, who has also gained six international caps in the last 10 months.
Ten goals and seven assists this season is a fair return and Kruse’s passing ability, he averages more key passes than any other Bundesliga striker, will ensure that he links impressively with Suarez or Sturridge.
Rodgers may have been quick to ship out Andy Carroll, but Liverpool could arguably do with a striking option that provides a greater aerial threat.
Kiessling fits this criteria, has Champions League experience with Bayer Leverkusen and is also an accurate finisher, top-scoring in the Bundesliga last season with 25 goals and adding another 14 in the current campaign.