It’s discussion like this that makes it a crying shame it hasn’t worked out for Daniel Sturridge as we had all hoped it would have.
The spread of goals across the entire team during the early stages of the season was something that was celebrated but the lack of a world class, orthodox striker is something that Liverpool are paying the price for.
Sturridge could have been that, but injuries just wouldn’t allow it. The top sides in modern day football still have that intimidating and deadly forward.
In his column for the Liverpool Echo, Reds legend John Aldridge said: “Against Leicester, it struck me as obvious that we need a tough, physical centre forward. When a defence is under pressure, they need somebody up front who can hold the ball up, take a knock off a centre-half, flick a header on, run the channel and give you an outlet, someone who starts the fight from the front.”
“Firmino is a nice technical footballer, but he’s not that kind of striker. It’s not his game.”
“It’s the hardest thing in the world to sign a top, top striker, but we have to get out there and find one. A Lewandowski, who Klopp found at Dortmund, a Harry Kane, an Ibrahimovic, Costa. The top sides have that kind of player, we don’t.”
A new striker in the summer is an obvious priority but it isn’t the only position which needs addressing, which is why it promises to be a difficult search.
Departures from the club will obviously fund fresh arrivals but it remains to be seen what kind of players we will be able to attract if we in terms of whether or not we secure Champions League football.
We know Klopp is unconventional in his methods, but the importance of having a top striker has been proven. Look how good we were with Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Robbie Fowler.