Jurgen Klopp insists he is completely happy with his attacking options despite not spending big on a new striker during the summer.
The only orthodox centre-forward to arrive at the club was 19-year-old Dominic Solanke whilst elsewhere Chelsea signed Álvaro Morata from Real Madrid, Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton and Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Klopp believes the market wasn’t strong enough for Liverpool to find better options that the forwards he already has at his disposal.
“Is there any strikers apart from the boys you mentioned? We considered a lot over the summer. But it’s not the time to talk about what we considered,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“If there is a striker out there who is better than ours or fits better than ours, why shouldn’t we do it?”
“We are not crazy. But I’m really happy. We have Roberto Firmino, maybe not 25 goals but ask anyone in the Premier League and they will say ‘What a player’.”
“We have Daniel Sturridge. We all know about his potential. Now he’s fit, so hopefully we can use it. And then everyone will ask for a fit Daniel Sturridge and want to have him.”
“And we have Dom Solanke for sure the biggest English talent in the position No 9. That’s a fantastic situation.”
“Because Morata is now really working and is a perfect fit, because Lukaku is the perfect fit for Manchester United, because Harry Kane is now scoring, because Lacazette is doing well. We had other things we felt we needed to do first. For us, the market was not really there.”
A lack of conviction in front of goal has cost the Reds dearly of late, but emerged as a unusual restriction for a team with a tendency to blow their opponents away by two or three goals.
Though Firmino finds himself in dire need of a goal, he has still been getting himself in the right positions and his teammates have still been creating plenty of chances. Sooner or later, Klopp’s men are going to punish a team again.
Sturridge is now also looking in shape to rediscover his goal-scoring touch and prove a valuable option for Liverpool throughout the season.
Klopp’s front men have proven time and time again they are capable of converting the kind of chances that a Lukaku or a Kane would.
The goals will return.