Liverpool FC: 10 Potential Replacements for Fernando Torres
With rumours coming thick and fast from all over the place that Fernando Torres could be about to leave Liverpool, the club will no doubt need to find a replacement for the Spanish superstar.
Torres has been the subject of much speculation over this January transfer deadline and if he does not leave now then it looks increasingly likely that he may do in the summer.
Here is a list of 10 possible replacements that the Merseyside club could take a look at in order to ensure that they do not start suffering goal shortages...
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Straight in first is Luis Suarez.
This is because Ajax have already agreed a fee, believed to be around £22.8 million, with Liverpool and provided the young Uruguayan passes his medical, it seems very likely that he will have joined Liverpool by the end of today (31st January).
The 24-year-old had a controversial World Cup last year, attracting much attention for some of his world-class goals, but also for his now famous "Hand of God 2" in the semifinals.
Suarez was also recently disciplined for biting an opponent, adding to some fans' hatred of the player.
Regardless of opinion, though, there can be no denying that Suarez is a class act and should fit in well at Liverpool provided he can get the service from the club's midfield line.
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Admittedly a long shot option, but Liverpool are still a big enough club to attract a star player like this regardless of their league position.
It may put the young Argentinian off, though, that the club can't offer Champions League football, but with the rich history the team has and the potential in the squad, their is no reason Aguero couldn't help Liverpool work their way back into a top-four spot over the coming years.
Aguero was chosen to be a part of the star-studded Argentina side at the World Cup last year and even helped set up a number of the important goals for other players.
As if the youngster didn't already have enough of a claim to fame, he is also married to Diego Maradona's youngest daughter.
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Andy Carroll has been linked to most major clubs this winter transfer window, although mainly Tottenham.
Rumours of Liverpool making a bid for the young England striker have suddenly surfaced, though, on transfer deadline day.
Whether that's a sign that the Luis Suarez deal has fallen through or they are just hoping to add to their squad further remains to be seen.
It is thought that the club lodged a £30 million bid for the Newcastle man which was swiftly rejected by their fellow Northern club.
It still seems unlikely that Carroll could end up at Anfield but it should never be written off, regardless of whether it happens now or in the summer.
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The 25-year-old Sevilla striker has had an up-and-down career so far.
Having spent a number of years at Real Madrid B, he was thought to be the next big thing in football with many clubs keeping a close eye on him.
Negredo then failed to break through the ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu and eventually landed in Sevilla.
During his time at Sevilla he has established himself as the club's number one striker, ahead of World Cup star Luis Fabiano and former Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute.
Having slowly worked his way back into the limelight, it seems that Liverpool may have taken an interest in the player and it they may well make an offer for Negredo very soon.
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While Ashley Young would not be many people's first thought as a replacement for Fernando Torres, his name has been linked with Liverpool a few times over the last month.
He would appear to fit into the Liverpool structure well as he is able to play as a winger as well as a striker, very much like Ryan Babel or Dirk Kuyt.
The 25-year-old has made 11 appearances for England since 2007, and while he is not a permanent fixture in the squad, he can no doubt add some flair and speed to the team.
His worth is proved by the fact that Aston Villa wanted to hang on to him so badly that they gave him a ridiculous £60 million price tag.
A long shot transfer admittedly, but if the club struggle to attract any superstar, maybe they'll end up with Young.
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As is common on transfer deadline day, there have been many rumours of many different players joining many different clubs.
One of these smaller rumours that hasn't come to the media's attention quite as much is the potential acquisition of Mario Gomez by Liverpool.
With not much attention focused on these rumours, Liverpool could possibly swoop under the radar and pick Gomez up quite easily.
The team have the money to sign the German and the need to sign him as well.
Gomez would no doubt prove a great purchase by the Merseyside club, having made 41 international appearances for Germany, as well as winning the Bundesliga with both Stuttgart and Bayern Munich.
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So Connor Wickham may be a bit of a long shot, and there have been no rumours to suggest that he's on his way anywhere yet, let alone Liverpool, but really, why couldn't this transfer happen?
The Ipswich youngster performed admirably against Arsenal in the Carling Cup semifinals and has already drawn attention from some Premier League sides.
If Dalglish decides to build for the future then Wickham may be a safe purchase.
As a replacement for someone like Fernando Torres, Wickham would no doubt fall short of the Spanish superstar. Whether Liverpool do make an offer, though, is dependent on whether or not they want to build for the future or get an out-and-out goal scorer immediately.
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The well known Frenchman has spent his whole career moving clubs, making any rumours involving him now generally believable.
While he is at a club as successful as Chelsea, the French striker would no doubt love to be the centre of attention at a club instead of living in Didier Drogba's shadow for most of his time.
The striker actually made 22 appearances for Liverpool back in 2002 when he was on loan from Paris-Saint Germain.
He has struggled to find his best scoring form at Chelsea, having only managed to have 36 hit the back of the net in 104 appearances, but a fresh start at Liverpool may be just what the doctor ordered.
While he may not be quite as good as Fernando Torres, he no doubt has the experience to help the club out of their current slump.
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Although he is another long shot to replace Fernando Torres, Benzema could quite easily walk into the current Liverpool starting XI.
The French striker has struggled at Real Madrid, falling down the pecking order, but even so he looks likely to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.
At 23, Benzema would also add youth to the team and has many years left in him.
The signing is made more unrealistic by the lack of Champions League football at Liverpool and the fact that he is still happy at Real Madrid.
Stranger things have happened in transfer windows, though, and Liverpool should have the money to lure someone like this away.
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Another name that has been linked with Tottenham far more than he has been linked with Liverpool, Fabiano could still be in the frame to replace Torres, whenever that may need to happen.
The Brazilian striker has slipped down the pecking order at Sevilla and has already come out suggesting that he is looking for a move elsewhere.
He can provide Liverpool with all the goals they need, especially if Suarez is to join the club as well, and he has plenty of experience to bring to Anfield.
Although this move looks massively unlikely to happen today (transfer deadline day, 31st January) the striker may still move to the Merseyside club in the summer were they not able to find any other replacement for Torres.
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So there's an 11th option on a 10-suggestion list. This is because it's 10 suggestions to replace Fernando Torres, and if the club manage to hold on to their World Cup-winning striker then they won't need to look for a replacement.
The fans and staff at Liverpool no doubt like this option the most, which involves hanging on to one of their most prized assets. But if they cannot then they will have to prepare themselves to find an adequate and suitable replacement.