WHEN Fernando Torres wanted to leave Liverpool to join Chelsea in January 2011, it came as a shock to most Liverpool fans who had come to idolise the Spaniard, and who in a Liverpool shirt had become one of the most lethal finishers in world football. He was eventually sold to Chelsea, with Newcastle’s Andy Carroll being bought as his replacement.
But it’s been over a year and a half since Torres departed, and the sad fact is that we have yet to really replace him.
Last season in the Premier League, our highest goalscorer was Luis Suarez with a total of 11 goals, while Carroll had a very average season, and only towards the end of it did he begin to regain some of the confidence that he had been lacking throughout.
To be able to compete with the rest of the top teams in the Premier League, we need a striker who is capable of scoring at least 20 goals in a season, and we simply do not have that in our team.
So far in the current summer transfer market, we have only brought in Fabio Borini from AS Roma as a striker, while in the same window, we have parted company with Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Craig Bellamy and now Andy Carroll.
Kuyt, Bellamy and Maxi have all been very useful players for Liverpool, scoring quite a few goals between them, some of them being very important ones, helping us out of sticky situations last season. With them gone, we have to ask. Who do we see as our main man in front of goal this season? Andy Carroll didn’t feature in Brendan Rodgers’ plans, and while Suarez is a gifted player, he just does is not the clinical finisher we should have in our team. In the last few games, he’s missed numerous chances to score for Liverpool.
As the last games have shown so clearly, we do not yet have the cutting edge in the final third of the field. For all our possession and passing, if we are unable to convert the chances that are being created, we will end up with results much like we did last season, which saw us drop to 8th in the Premier League.
The most important thing in Brendan Rodgers’ list of to-dos at this point should be bringing in a striker before this transfer window closes. At the time of writing, we are linked with Daniel Sturridge and Clint Dempsey; but will either of them solve this issue?
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