By Mark Finlay

With Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers edging ever closer to the chopping block it is obvious to the Northern Irishman that changes must be made in January including the departure of Mario Balotelli.

Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette has emerged as a possible candidate to replace the Italian after having scored 11 goals in his last 13 games for Lyon.

Sundays loss to Manchester United coupled with Everton’s win over QPR on Monday now see Liverpool in the bottom half of the table which could prompt Rodgers to go after the 23-year-old as he looks for someone who can score goals.

Ligue 1 side Lyon would expect to get at least £15 million for Lacazette which means Rodgers may decide to sell Fabio Borini to Sunderland to help finance the move to add to the loss the club it likely to take when they sell Balotelli.