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Vote: Who Replaces Daniel Sturridge?

Liverpool are set to be without Daniel Sturridge for a month. Who replaces the prolific striker?

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The news that Daniel Sturridge is out for a month is a bitter one for everyone connected to Liverpool and will need to be addressed in the summer transfer window. Sturridge has nothing to prove in terms of talent and productivity but remains an unreliable injury risk for a side that cannot afford to be without a regular goalscorer. However, that is an issue that must be resolved after the next two months of action where silverware and Champions League qualification are at stake.

Liverpool's striking department has underwhelmed so far with just four league goals between Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini. Raheem Sterling picked up the mantle of spearhead during the majority of Liverpool's resurgence from mid-December with some fine displays as a nominal nine-and-a-half supported by Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho. That  triumvirate could be resurrected once again in the game against Arsenal if Lallana and Sterling overcome what appear to be slight injuries over the next week.

There could be a prospect of a change in formation with a midfield diamond being deployed in front of a back three or perhaps Brendan Rodgers will switch the attack to two strikers in front of a sole attacking midfielder instead of two attacking midfielders behind a lone striker. Sturridge's injury will most likely see the end of Sterling's unsuccessful stint on the right with the return of Lazar Marković or Jordon Ibe (if fit) on the right. Mario Balotelli has shown promise in a few appearances and could provide some maverick qualities in the final two months of the season. What of Lambert and Borini? Could they play an unlikely role in the remainder of the season?

What Liverpool need is a bit of inspired form up front from somewhere with margins for errors becoming extremely thin with the season coming to an end.

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