Liverpool fans have been left bewildered that Arsenal were allowed such a free run in their bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Aside form the inevitable “will we or won’t we sign Naby Keïta?” questions circling all around Liverpool Twitter at the moment, the other biggest topic up for debate is “why haven’t we signed Lacazette?”
The French striker is close to finalising a big-money move to Arsenal after the Gunners submitted an improved bid last week and having scored 91 goals across all competitions in his last three seasons, it’s fair to question why Liverpool didn’t make a move of their own.
The Frenchman is quick, deadly inside the opposition area, takes penalties and is the perfect weapon for teams who like to play high-tempo, counter-attacking football. Sounds familiar, right?
The Liverpool ECHO’s Andy Kelly believes it’s simply because the Reds squad already possesses a ridiculous amount of goal threat and when you look at the stats, it’s hard to disagree.
With Firmino taking up the ‘number 9’ squad number, it’s clear the Brazilian will once again be the German’s first choice to lead the line.
Daniel Sturridge may be happy to settle for reduced playing time once again this season – he’s set to be ‘Klopp-blocked’ whether he likes it or not – but a player like Lacazette or Aubameyang, who are Liverpool fans’ seemingly first choice options for a new striker signing, certainly wouldn’t.
Plus, if Liverpool do manage to sign Naby Keïta from Leipzig, they will possess an incredibly potent attack that scored a combined 74 league goals last season.
74 goals between seven players*.
That’s not even including striker pairing Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi who are both expected to remain at the club, or the seven penalties netted by James Milner, the goals that came from our centre backs, Emre Can’s handful of strikes or Jordan Henderson’s screamer at Stamford Bridge.
The point being, we score a lot of goals already and there are other areas of the squad that desperately need addressing.
£50m is a lot of money whichever way you look at it. Plus, with the Reds already looking at having to shell out a combined £130m to secure the services of first-choice targets van Dijk and Keïta, while already spending £37m or thereabouts on Mohamed Salah, it becomes a lot clearer as to why big money won’t be spent on a striker.
I’ll admit, I’d love to see us sign a Lacazette or an Aubameyang… Heck, I’d even settle for someone like Mauro Icardi!
However, Klopp knows what he’s doing and with a trio of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all providing him with a plethora of different options for different scenarios, the Reds certainly do have a lot of fire-power in their possession already.
What do you think, do Liverpool need a new striker this summer? Or will Firmino, Sturridge and Origi provide the goods?
*Salah (15), Coutinho & Mané (13), Firmino (11), Lallana and Keïta (8), Wijnaldum (6)