With the confirmed arrival of Jordan Henderson at Anfield heralding the Reds' first foray into the summer transfer market, Liverpool will likely be a striker short as part of the deal. Whether or not David N'Gog will be a part of the player plus cash Henderson deal is yet to be confirmed. Regardless, with Sunderland woefully short of strikers up front, it would be a good move for the young Frenchman who is in dire need of first-team minutes.
Former manager Rafa Benitez once remarked about his scouting network "They are finding players like N'Gog, players with quality who are not a high price". This may have been a bit of an embellishment, as Liverpool's No. 24 hasn't exactly sparked fireworks at Anfield. To be fair, he's been asked to fill the boots of Fernando Torres when the Spaniard has been injured and spearhead the hopes of fans who have endured their fair share of frustration at the team's inability to put the ball in the net.
With N'Gog out the door, Liverpool are left with one and half world-class strikers in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. For the sake of argument, let's assume that Dalglish intends to keep Dirk Kuyt out on the right, even though he has had a stand-out year playing up front. To be challenging for a top-place finish next season, they'll need another body up front.
Director of football Damien Comolli has outlined the club's stance on prioritizing English talent, so with that in mind, let's take a look at potential targets to replace N'Gog. As always I welcome your comments!