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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Target Another La Liga Striker

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Heading into the second half of the season it's clear that Liverpool need more support up top, and reports in the Spanish press have them pursuing 21-year-old Valencia striker Paco Alcacer.

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Liverpool's search for goals in the absence of Daniel Sturridge has taken them to some strange places. Brendan Rodgers has tried, in various combinations or as a lone striker, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini, none of which paid any notable dividends, leading him to settle on Raheem Sterling, who's only recently turned 20 years of age and never featured as a striker at the senior level before the last few weeks. Sterling's proven the most capable of the group, but the month of January was always going to see the club linked with forwards as they try to overcome their poor first half.

It has reportedly led them to the brink of bringing back Divock Origi from his loan at Lille this month, and interest has been rumored regarding the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Luciano Vietto, Paulo Dybala and, today, Valencia's Paco Alcacer. Liverpool had been linked to him a few years back, and he most recently found himself connected with Arsenal, but he's managed to remain with Valencia since his days in the youth system other than a loan to Getafe during the 2012-2013 season.

Still only 21, Alcacer is now the first-choice striker at the Mestalla, netting five goals and four assists in La Liga this season, with three more in the Copa del Rey. He's already made his full debut for the Spanish national side, scoring three times already in qualifying for Euro 2016. Stylistically he'd be a good fit and appears to be able to feature across the forward line, and he'd present something vastly different than the current options up front without Daniel Sturridge available. Valencia reportedly have a release clause of £14m set, and Marca report that Liverpool's interest is high enough to trigger it. The player had been--and likely is still in--negotiations to extend his current deal, however, which is up in the summer of 2016.

It would be a solid get for Liverpool, even taking into account the fate of the last Valencia striker to make a move to England, but one that doesn't seem particularly likely. As much as one might hope Liverpool splash a significant sum of money on a striker and/or goalkeeper this window, it would be a shock to see them do so, and is only likely going to occur if they offload a player or two in the current squad.

Just because it's not likely to happen doesn't mean we can't watch a video, though: