Liverpool Strikers: What Is the Best Combination Up Front for Kenny Dalglish?

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Liverpool Strikers: What Is the Best Combination Up Front for Kenny Dalglish?
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Seven months after arriving back at the club in the manager's seat, Kenny Dalglish has been able to splash out close to £100 million on reinforcements, financed of course in part by the sale of forwards Fernando Torres (Chelsea, £50 million) and Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, £6 million) in January.

Their replacements, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, arrived on the last day of the transfer window and played the second half of the 2010-11 season in red, scoring six times in the league between them.

This summer has seen new signings arrive mainly for the midfield, though the versatility of the likes of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson offer possibilities in abundance for King Kenny to be able to swap his side around up front in terms of both formation and personnel.


The Contenders

As far as out-and-out strikers go, Andy Carroll is clearly the big man for the big occasion. An injury-interrupted first few months on Merseyside prevented him from showing his best form but he looks back to full fitness now. He so far has two goals in nine games for Liverpool.

Luis Suarez is a fiery and immensely talented forward capable of playing a variety of roles. A fans' favourite after about a quarter of an hour in a Reds shirt, Suarez has been tipped as a front-runner for the Player of the Season award even before a ball has been kicked! He has four goals in 13 games.

Dutchman Dirk Kuyt has been a regular for Liverpool for five years, playing both up front and on the right flank. His current record reads 241 games, 66 goals.

David Ngog is still a Liverpool player for now, though speculation has, well, burnt gently if not exactly raged, all summer long about a possible move to Premier League opposition Sunderland or Bolton Wanderers. Fast and with a good finish, Ngog's irregular performances and a perceived lack of strength and composure make him fourth choice in the forwards. He has 19 goals in 94 games for the Reds.

In addition, let's not forget the various players who could be mixed in with those above in various formations, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing, Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole all capable of playing advanced roles.

But who would your chosen combination be for playing in the final third for Liverpool? We take a closer look at the possible choices here; leave your preference below in the comments section.


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