Martin King makes a case for the purchase of a new forward.
How many times have you, as a Liverpool fan, enjoyed a decent period, when most things seem to be plain sailing with your side, only to have the life sucked out of you as you’re informed of an injury blow to one of your star players? How many times has that star player turned out to be Daniel Sturridge? Frustrating, isn’t it?
Once again, Liverpool’s top striker has suffered an injury almost out of nowhere, this time to his hip. This news comes after Sturridge went through most of pre-season unscathed, thanks to a training regime prepared especially for him, and although it’s reported that the injury isn’t serious, it does little to ease the frustration amongst Reds fans as it could see him miss the start of his side’s Premier League season.
The Reds’ number 15 most recently expressed a desire to put his injury problems completely behind him, in order to focus on striving to stand out as one of the league’s best strikers. However, Sturridge may sadly never be able to do that if he’s having to start over every two or three weeks whilst his rivals chase the golden boot and a place in their respective national sides.
So, perhaps it’s time Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp considered signing a new striker?
There’s something interesting about reporting a piece of injury news. Writers and news reporters usually name the injury suffered by the player before stating it’s extent and predicting how long it’s likely to keep the player out for. To hear the words “it’s not serious” may relieve most fans whilst the complete opppsite may unfold when it’s announced the player will be out for weeks or months.
Liverpool fans have come across both with Sturridge and some of us may be relieved to hear that his injury is “not serious.” However, serious injury or not, the fact of the matter is that ours and one of England’s best strikers will not be on the football pitch. This fact should be a big matter of concern for manager Jürgen Klopp.
The German heads into his first full season as Liverpool boss and whatever unfolds, there are going to be some huge, must-win games in the league and cup competitions. This obviously means that he, just like any manager will want to pick his strongest line-up – which includes Sturridge at this moment in time – however, the 49-year-old may find his options cut short because of a Sturridge injury, which could lead to his side struggling to achieve desired results.
The opening game of the season may be just a week away but the transfer window remains wide open, therefore, signing a striker should now become a priority for Klopp, especially given the fact that the German doesn’t at all look keen to keep the services of striker Christian Benteke. I think it’s time the former Borussia Dortmund boss showed fans and experts exactly what his type of striker is and I’m not saying Kopites should restart stupidly anticipating a move for Marco Reus (nevermind Robert Lewandowski) but a natural goal-getter who can cover for and push Sturridge in vital games would be useful to his team.
Ultimately it’ll be Klopp’s decision to make and fellow forwards Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings will be considerable options to lead the line for Liverpool but if Sturridge can’t spend more days playing than he does on the treatment table, bringing in a new forward should be more than just a considerable option, for me.