Liverpool’s striker wishlist features Palermo’s hot property

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Paulo Dybala has blazed a scoring trail through Serie A this season and unsurprisingly such exploits have not escaped striker-light Liverpool ahead of the January sales.

The Reds are so underwhelmed by their current quota of centre-forwards that Brendan Rodgers has taken the drastic measure of converting Raheem Sterling into an emergency number nine.

One young man far more used to the responsibility is 21-year-old Palermo striker Dybala who has caught Europe’s attention following a brilliant Serie A campaign in 2014/15.

The Argentine wonderkid has totted up seven in total, though it’s the five in his last six – which includes a San Siro strike against AC Milan – that’s led the likes of Liverpool to get serious about a January bid.

Considering the ineptitude of summer acquisitions Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, who have only contributed a single Premier League goal between them this season, Dybala’s services could certainly be utilised by the drifting 11/2 top-four shots.

Daniel Sturridge’s continuing nightmare with injury means the 21-goal league goal merchant of last season is unlikely to be returning to action anytime soon.

The former Manchester City man’s impending trip to see the Boston Redsox’s medical team would suggest Studger has the Liverpool quack’s in a flap too.

For now at least, Sterling’s metamorphosis into a line-leader looks like Rodgers’ trump card going into the festive mayhem, thanks to a brace against Bournemouth.

Sterling put the ghosts of Old Trafford to bed with his double and looks a tidy 11/5 to find the back of Arsenal’s net when the Gunners arrive for Sunday’s televised 16:00 kick-off next.

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