Alex Rogers takes a look at whether or not Liverpool need a top class striker with the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette linked with the Reds.
The atmosphere in the Liverpool community has been one of positivity for a change. The general vibe that I’ve been seeing is a good one because I’m seeing people genuinely happy with the way the team is headed for the first time in what seems like forever.
The reason for this, obviously, is because of the incredible signing of Mo Salah.
Salah is the first player we have signed that’s had regular first team starts in the Champions League in years. The effects of finishing in the top four are already showing if we’ve already signed a player like Salah this early in the summer.
But with so much of the summer left to sign more players, we have already set our aim on another player undoubtedly to further improve our squad.
But what position do we need to improve? A new left back? A centre-half? A striker? You could argue all these positions need improving but is a new striker really that important?
Let me explain what I mean before someone tells me how important it is that we sign a player like Aubameyang or Lacazette.
In our blistering duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, we have a pair of wingers who can score 15 goals a season. That’s 30 plus goals, maybe even more from the wide areas of the pitch and that’s phenomenal.
Also, just look at our new number nine! The ever loveable Bobby Firmino. The season just past Bobby was incredible and the sheer quality of some of the goals he scored had me speechless. But yes, I already see some of your counterarguments to this. Despite having a good season on a personal level, he isn’t a 20 goal a season striker and that would be correct.
But what I say to that is look what else he does for the team! Bobby is incredibly important to our team not only in attack but also to our DEFENCE. Game after game we saw him dispossess an opponent high up the field and start a fast break directly at the opposition defence. While this didn’t always result in a goal, it certainly led to chances and often stopped us conceding a goal before they even had the chance to threaten us!
How many strikers can you think of that can do that? The answer is not many. This is clearly one of the reasons Klopp rates him so highly. He is exactly the type of player the German loves; a player that works his arse off for the team.
So would it really be a disaster if we missed out on a new first team striker? I don’t think so. Not when I can think of at least five players who can score more than ten goals a season, maybe even more. How many other teams can boast that? Again, the answer is not many. Personally, I don’t think we need to worry too much about where our goals are coming from next season.