Having sold Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace, and with the recurring injuries of both Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, Liverpool aren’t exactly blessed with prolific strikers.
Divock Origi still doesn’t appear to have gained the full trust of Jürgen Klopp, meaning Roberto Firmino more often than not leads the line at the Merseyside club as some sort of false nine.
While the German manager might not have an active interest in Ligue 2 in France, Liverpool are bound to employ someone to keep an eye on players performing well in the professional leagues.
Among those is Troyes striker Adama Niane, who has scored 20 goals in 28 league appearances this season for the Ligue 2 club, as well as picking up five assists.
Interviewed by France Football ahead of last weekend’s game against Valenciennes, the 23-year-old striker revealed he had one dream in football: playing for Liverpool.
He said: “The league I particularly love is England, and more specifically Liverpool. I’ve always watched Liverpool games, even when I was in Mali. Their style of play, Anfield, the atmosphere, the way the fans cheer on their team, I like it all.”
Yet to play for his country’s national team, it won’t be long before it happens.
Who knows? He might even have a similar trajectory to Riyad Mahrez, who made the leap from Ligue 2 to English football with Leicester.
He turned out alright, didn’t he?