Liverpool could save over £70m by not signing a new forward and trusting Divock Origi to deliver the goods but it is a risky move.
Former England striker Paul Marriner said: “I think what’s going to happen here is that Klopp’s decided that he’s got his main guys and unless they go down badly then Origi can sort of just step in.
“That’s the thinking behind it because if he goes into the market for a striker nowadays, at the level that Liverpool are at, we’re talking £70m, £80m, £100m.”
The Belgian has won the hearts of Liverpool fans across the world but deep down most are aware that he’s nowhere near the level of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Given that he’s a backup forward that’s acceptable but when you consider the quality that Manchester City have on their bench in Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, Liverpool are at a significant disadvantage by not spending big money to match them.
The Reds’ biggest goal this season will be to win the Premier League but not having a strong squad could hurt them badly.
Nicolas Pepe is reportedly worth £70m and is available this summer and it might be a case of Liverpool passing on a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen their squad.
Origi seems destined to sign a new deal but it doesn’t need to come at the cost of signing a top class forward like Pepe or Ousmane Dembele.