Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is keeping a close eye on a trio of stars from fellow top flight side Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies’ boss has been watching over the progress of strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings as well as left back Andrew Robertson, as he mulls over a potential loan deal for any of the three to sort out some of the club’s issues.

The centre forward role has been a problem for Newcastle this season, with Dwight Gayle, Joselu and the out of favour Aleksandar Mitrovic all failing to hit the goal trail this season.

Left back has also proven to be a problem position for Benitez, with the Spanish boss having to utilise the likes of centre back Chancel Mbemba and right back Javier Manquillo in the absence of a natural in the role, Paul Dummett ruled out since the opening game of the season.

Following their respective returns to fitness, Sturridge and Ings are now fighting for a place in the first team squad at Anfield, alongside the likes of Roberto Firmino, and the report states that the Magpies have already been in touch over a deal for the former Burnley man.

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While signing both Sturridge and Ings may be overkill, there should definitely be a move made to secure either of the strikers and Robertson, who has struggled for game time under Jurgen Klopp since moving from Hull City over the summer. Benitez has correctly identified where the Magpies need strengthening and with a relegation battle looming in the new year, reinforcements are a must to secure their place in the Premier League next season. Loan deals may be the only way forward with current budget restraints, and the Liverpool trio should all represent some of the best options available.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, an ESPN pundit has tipped the club to swoop for one Premier League striker.

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