Despite Luis Suarez starting to regularly find the back of the net, Liverpool still continue to have issues in the striker department with the Reds only able to field one recognised attacker. With Fabio Borini's injury set to keep him on the sidelines for a further three months, Brendan Rodgers could be forced to delve into the transfer market to find an affordable striker. One man who is increasingly being mentioned is Burnley's free-scoring Charlie Austin. With more on the young striker, it's talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight.
Name: Charlie Austin
Date of Birth: 5 July 1989
Birthplace: Hungerford, England
What's the latest?
The Burnley hitman has been making waves in the Championship over the past two months, having scored 16 times in 13 appearances already this term. Austin's impressive form has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle potential suitors. However, perhaps the most intriguing destination is Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old. With Liverpool in the middle of a striker crisis, could Austin be the solution?
Did you know?
1) Austin was released from Reading's youth academy for being 'too small'. He continued to pursue a career in football, playing for AFC Newbury, Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers and Hungerford Town.
2) After moving to Bournemouth with his family, Austin continued playing football, joining Poole Town, while balancing it with work as a bricklayer.
3) His form for Poole was rewarded with a trial at nearby League Two club Bournemouth. However, the club were unable to sign him due to a transfer embargo placed on the club. That proved to be a blessing in disguise, as he was eventually signed by Swindon Town, after impressing following a trial.
4) Austin's brace in Burnley's 4-3 win over Bristol City in October 2012 saw him equal Ray Pointer's club record of scoring in eight consecutive appearances. Pointer's record dates back to the 1958/59 season.
“Every time I go forward, I look like I'm going to score and I did.” Charlie Austin on equalling Ray Pointer's record.
“We’ve got no plans to sell him. We will do our best to keep him. Obviously that’s the key to our team right now.” Burnley co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz on Austin's future.
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