Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the club should take a look at the fitness and form of Radamel Falcao when hunting a new forward.
Brendan Rodgers recently decided against signing Loic Remy for £8.5 million after the speedy striker failed his medical, as reported by Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Liverpool are yet to confirm exactly why Remy's move fell through, but Rodgers confirmed he may wait until January to improve his forward line, as per David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
Aldridge believes the Reds should be tempted to go for broke by monitoring Falcao's situation at Monaco, telling Sky Sports (via the Daily Star's Nick Lustig):
Who is out there? Falcao, they're saying he had a horrendous season last year. He was a bit part of the player he was last season. If he can get back to where he was the previous season then he would be one (Liverpool should consider) wouldn't he?
Falcao's future remains in the headlines, despite injury ruling him out for much of last season. He is said to be close to joining Real Madrid on loan for the 2014-15 campaign, a deal that would likely turn permanent at the end of the season, as reported by Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
The Colombian still managed to score nine goals in 17 appearances for Monaco during their rise to the runners-up spot in Ligue 1, as per WhoScored.com. He is widely regarded as one of the world's best finishers, whether the ball is at his feet or in the air, and he has the overall quality to improve any side.
Considering Falcao's potential loan move is said to cost £10 million for the year, Liverpool may struggle to raise a transfer fee for his permanent stay.
There would also be major question marks over whether Falcao would fancy representing the Reds when an alleged Los Blancos deal is on the line in a country where he previously dominated with Atletico Madrid.
Falcao may be attracted to the Bernabeu by James Rodriguez, his international team-mate, who recently signed for the European champions.
"I've known him for four years and have played by his side," said Rodriguez, reported by AS (via Jones). "We were only separated when he left for Atletico. He has a winning mentality and that's something you want at Madrid. I hope he can come."
It should be noted Falcao has appeared in Monaco's promotional shots for the season, as per football writer Samuel JayC:
Rodgers could have greater luck chasing Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi, linked to the club by Italian paper Tuttosport (via the Liverpool Echo). The Argentinian star may be surplus to requirements if Angel Di Maria heads to the French capital from Real Madrid, as per Spanish paper Marca (via Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star).
Lavezzi would offer Rodgers' team wide support, but it's fair to say the Reds are already packing a plentiful array of options in similar areas. Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Suso, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic can all occupy space wide of the strikers, meaning Lavezzi could provide something of an overload.
Gianluca Di Marzio believes Lavezzi signing a new contract with PSG "is the most likely solution at the moment."
Despite the player's quality, Rodgers should target a more traditional striker instead. Remy would have added frightening pace and natural finishing ability, aiding Daniel Sturridge's quest to underline himself as the club's main striker.
While it's unlikely any signing will match the 31-goal haul of Luis Suarez from last season, a finisher used to exerting himself in the box is needed most.
Falcao would obviously fill this void, but Liverpool fans won't be kidding themselves when listening to Aldridge's comments. Rodgers has added a layer of quality to the club's depth across the summer and should be trusted to land the right player for the right price.
Remy would have been ideal, Falcao is a dream, but somewhere, Liverpool's next goalscoring talent awaits.