As the question to Radamel Falcao's future hangs in a delicate balance, Liverpool have inquired for other forwards. One of them is the versatile winger-cum-striker, Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Lavezzi made his name in European football in 2007 when he made a move to Napoli and has been a mainstay ever since. His reputation is all thanks to his skill on the ball, work rate and versatility - sound familiar?
The departed Luis Suarez had all these qualities and as Liverpool are looking for his replacement it is no surprise Lavezzi's name popped up.
Earlier during week Liverpool were reportedly preparing an £18 million move for the Argentine forward, just in case the attempt to sign Falcao fell through.
£18 million for a forward that has consistently performed for the last 7 years is ordinarily a great deal, except not in this case.
Lavezzi is not a goalscorer
Lavezzi and Suarez do share many traits, but goalscoring is not one of them. Whilst many would hesitate to call Suarez a 'natural' goalscorer, what he does have is an impressive arsenal of techniques that allows him to be a threat in the box, from 25 yards, from set pieces, from the corner flag (as per his goal against Sunderland) and even from beyond the center circle.
Add in Suarez's ability to wriggle out of tight situations and his penchant for finding space, it is easy to understand why Suarez is arguably the hardest player in the world to mark.
Contrastingly, Lavezzi just does not scare defenders in that sense. In his whole career, Lavezzi has never scored over 10 goals - the highest being 9 for PSG in 2014 and for Napoli in 2012. His record for Argentina is also a lowly 4 in 37 games.
Arguably, those numbers can be somewhat justified considering Lavezzi plays on the wing most of the time. As per WhoScored, Lavezzi only managed 1.5 shots per game for PSG last season and 1.2 the season beforehand.
However, modern day football has evolved and players now routinely switch positions. The likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben et al have all shown a player's starting position does not dictate they stay confined to that role.
Furthermore, when Lavezzi was in Napoli, the Italian side often lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Lavezzi up front with Edinson Cavani. In the 2010/11 season, Lavezzi attempted 3 shots per game and yet only scored 6 goals, confirming his lack of of a goalscoring touch.
Is Lavezzi slowly going off the boil?
Earlier in the article I explained Lavezzi has been consistent for the past 7 years and I still stand by that, though signs are appearing his prime is slowly coming to an end.
For Napoli, Lavezzi always ranked among the highest assist makers in Serie A, hitting a career high of 12 in 2011. His key passes per game for Napoli were 1.6 in 2009/10; 2.4 in 2010/11; 2 in 2011/12.
As for dribbles per game, they were equally as impressive: 1.8 in 2009/10; 2.3 in 2010/11 and 2.5 in 2011/12.
His statistics as a PSG player has waned slightly. He recorded 4 assists in his 1st season and then had no assists last season. His key passes average was 1.2 in his first season and 1.1 last season. Finally, his dribbles per game stood at 1.3 per game in his 1st season and 0.7 last season.
To be fair Lavezzi has never truly been a first team regular for PSG, hampering his stats somewhat. Although, in the World Cup, Lavezzi disappointed, tilting the argument that the 29 year old is slowly weakening as a top class player.
With Daniel Sturridge prone to injury, Liverpool need a forward capable of bagging his fair share of goals. It need not necessarily be the 31 goals Suarez scored, half would do just fine. Problem is Lavezzi has never looked like scoring that amount in his whole career and at the age of 29, when he is seemingly on the edge of regressing, Liverpool need not look for miracles when there are other alternatives.