Damon Savenelli wonders if Jürgen Klopp actually needs a world class striker at his disposal with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette linked with a summer move to the Reds.
Ever since Luis Suarez left Liverpool for back in 2014, Liverpool fans have desperately been crying out for the club to purchase a world class striker. Suarez was one of those guys that would easily bag 20 goals a season, and had top class finishing abilities. But ever since his departure from Anfield, we have yet to have anyone like him up front.
It seems as though the desperation for a striker has been heightened in recent months with many believing that such quality would allow Liverpool to break down the “smaller teams”. While this is a valid point, I do believe that Liverpool are completely capable of playing top class football without a 20 goal per season striker amongst their ranks.
Recent reports have emerged from Paul Joyce saying that “Jürgen Klopp has no plans to sign a first choice left back or a ‘focal point’ striker for Liverpool this summer.” I am sure that there will be an uproar over this as is the case with most Liverpool news.
So, let us get into it.
Yes, I do believe that a striker such as Alexandre Lacazette could be a massive weapon used to break down the smaller teams in the Premier League. We all know Liverpool’s horrific record against the small teams: 5-4 loss to Bournemouth, 3-2 loss to Swansea City. I know, horrible. Do I need to go on?
The point is that yes a top-shelf striker could break down opposition defence, produce a moment of brilliance, and score a crucial goal.
Here are a few ways that a quality number 9 could fit into our current squad. I used Timo Werner for this example as he is rumored to be a transfer target and a realistic one as well.
- Play a 4-2-3-1 with Werner up front and Firmino behind Werner. Mané and Coutinho stay on the wings.
- Use a 4-4-2 with Werner and Firmino up front.
Imagine a striker such as Timo Werner on the pitch with Mané, Coutinho and Firmino. That attack would be absolutely mental. So yes, a top class striker would make our already rampant attack even better, which brings me to my next point.
Our attack is already the best in England with 69 goals in 33 matches. This also makes Liverpool one of the best attacks in Europe and we do not even have a legitimate striker. We play a false nine. That is insane if you think about it.
It really is no wonder that Liverpool have achieved such great numbers in terms of attacking prowess. Let us take a look at the numbers, shall we?
Divock Origi, Philipe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, and Roberto Firmino have 45 goals between the 4 of them this season as well as 20 assists across all competitions.
Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have 38 PL goals and 24 PL assists between the two of them over the last 2 seasons.
When the deadly trio of Philipe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, and Roberto Firmino are all fully fit and firing they are truly unstoppable. I also believe that Firmino is criminally underrated by our fanbase.
I would be perfectly fine with him as our starting forward next season. I think that he has an incredible work rate and technical skills (he is quickly becoming one of my favourite players if you could not tell.)
The problem has been that after those three there are not many options. I think we must do everything in our power to keep those three fully fit. In order to do this Klopp should focus on adding depth to his attack rather than spending big on a striker.
Besides, Klopp’s style of football really fits the play style of Mané, Coutinho, and Firmino so I think we should really try to go after similar players in the next transfer market.
Those three attackers really do have some pretty epic chemistry. Klopp has spoken on how Firmino and Coutinho have an impeccable chemistry that really allows the two of them to tie the Liverpool attack together on the pitch. We have also seen this when the pair have gone on international duty for Brazil.
So yes, I do think that if we had a top class striker, we would have a serious team on our hands. But, I think it is more important that we continue to improve our attacking depth, and continue to play the same brand of football that we are currently playing.
The squad has proven that they can score plenty of goal without a legitimate striker. Plus, it is very satisfying watching our team’s chemistry. Let’s be honest, watching Mané, Coutinho, and Firmino absolutely run riot against teams is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.