Dave Davis hopes Jürgen Klopp doesn’t regret his decision not to sign a top striker this summer come the end of next season despite impending arrivals.
It’s all rumours, but it gets most of us abuzz. The moment Paul Joyce announced that Liverpool were set to test RB Leipzig’s resolve over Naby Keita, Twitter went crazy.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having turned down Arsenal’s contract offer and talk of movement on the van Dijk front, Reds everywhere are expecting arrivals over the next fortnight.
As Jürgen Klopp returns to Melwood, there’s concern amongst a good few that he may not strengthen in the area they want.
When Mohammed Salah took the number eleven jersey and Firmino became our number nine, it was a clear sign. The Brazilian will again be Klopp’s main man for the coming season.
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The former Hoffenheim man has been a clear favourite of the manager’s for the last two years, due to his pressing from the front and all-action style. Klopp appears more than happy with the forward options at his disposal. Not everyone may share that sentiment, though.
Firmino hasn’t managed to hit 20 in either of the last two seasons despite his number of games. His fitness was carefully managed later in the season as his impact appeared to wane.
Divock Origi chipped in with low double figures again, yet similarly tailed off towards the end of the season. Daniel Sturridge appears to have been working hard pre-season, yet everyone knows that it’s not his ability that lets him down.
The goal against West Ham was as enjoyable as it was a frustrating reminder. No-one will really know the impact of a couple of major injuries on Danny Ings either.
That doesn’t mean the window will be negative by any means. If Klopp’s three main targets do walk into Melwood then Liverpool will have added pace and power to their midfield, whilst making a serious improvement to their defence.
If Andy Robertson does come into replace Alberto Moreno as seems expected then it would be hard to argue that’s not an upgrade too. Most importantly, all previous criticism that’s been laid at the owner’s door would go remarkably silent. Salah, Coutinho, Mané and Firmino would worry any defence alone.
A team is often defined by the man leading the forward line, as the likes of Kane, Costa and others have shown for our rivals in recent years.
The impending arrival of Lacazette at Arsenal has also seen comments from many a disappointed Red.
Think back to January last year when we couldn’t buy a win. Mané and Coutinho were huge misses for Liverpool and it was no coincidence that they were at the top of our scoring charts.
A top striker hides a multitude of sins. Let’s hope we’re not thinking about that come the end of next season.