5 Strikers Liverpool Should Have Signed Instead Of Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli: 5 Strikers Liverpool Should Have Signed Instead

Mario Balotelli receives a red card when playing for Manchester City
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Liverpool have come to the conclusion that spending money on Mario Balotelli is a good idea and have since spent £16m to acquire the striker from AC Milan. Liverpool were in desperate need of a striker and obviously had money to spend thanks to the exit of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. With that money, a striker was always expected to be incoming, but here are five strikers who Liverpool should have signed instead of the unreliable Balotelli.

5. Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic celebrating a goal for Bayern Munich
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5. Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic celebrating a goal for Bayern Munich
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Mario Mandzukic now plays for Atletico Madrid after joining them from Bayern Munich earlier this summer for £17.5m, but Liverpool would have been better off entering the running for the Croatian rather than spending almost the same amount on Balotelli. The Italian is more talented, but Mandzukic is more consistent, proven and trustworthy. Balotelli has only outscored Mandzukic in one season since he began his top flight career.

4. Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
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4. Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
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Alexandre Lacazette could easily be accused of being too similar to Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool to be interested, but he also scored 15 league goals last season, something Balotelli has never done in his professional career. The Lyon striker is versatile and can play on the wing as well as playing as a striker. You can argue whether Sturridge and Lacazette would gel, but the pairing would be among the quickest in Europe and with goals to boot.

3. Mauro Icardi

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi
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3. Mauro Icardi

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi
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The reputation of Mauro Icardi was growing by the game last season, and the next time Liverpool take a look at the Argentine, his price could be substantially higher than it is currently. The striker scored nine goals in 22 games last season for Inter Milan but is a creative force too. Icardi would complement Sturridge well as he can drop deep and create, as well as being a goal threat by running in behind the defense at times too.

2. Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa
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2. Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa
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Christian Benteke may have had an up-and-down season last year, but he was still a key contributor in keeping a poor team in the Premier League. The Aston Villa striker scored 19 goals the season before, and his physicality, paired with the speed and movement of Daniel Sturridge, would make for an ideal strike partnership -- not to mention they're both goalscorers in their own right.

1. Wifried Bony

Wifried Bony of Swansea
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1. Wifried Bony

Wifried Bony of Swansea
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Similar to Benteke at Aston Villa, Swansea would have been in some more serious trouble if it wasn't for the contribution of Bony and his 16 goals in his debut season in the Premier League. The Ivorian impressed everybody with not only his goals, but his buildup play and ability to bring his teammates into the game. Given the players Liverpool could surround him with, Bony would have been the perfect focal point for the title chasers.

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