EVER since the transfer window slammed shut at the end of August, all the talk has been of how we are in desperate need of another striker. This was the case before Andy Carroll left for West Ham United on loan and even more so since his deadline day move to the Capital.
The unfortunate injury to Fabio Borini only added to our problem of being rather thin when it comes to attacking options. However, I’m not entirely convinced that we need to go out and spend a fortune on a striker. I am on side that we need another proven goal scorer, but more somebody who can take the pressure off Luis Suarez, should he need to be rested, be suspended, or injured.
If Rodgers is to make another high profile signing come January, and should this be an out an out striker, what will happen to Suarez? We all know Rodgers sets up with three attacking players, with Suarez through the middle.
If we sign a classic number 9 then surely Luis will be pushed out wide, with Suso the most likely to make way. Would a role out wide suit Suarez more than him playing through the middle? He certainly has the technique, trickery and skill. But for me I think we lack a goal scoring midfielder rather than a goal scoring forward.
For people who question if Luis is a goalscorer, I ask you this question: Do you really have any football knowledge?
Luis has made 283 appearances in his professional career for club & country to date and scored 157 goals. 55 of these appearances have come in a red shirt with a return of 23 goals. Given the circumstances that we currently find ourselves in as a club, I think that is pretty impressive. Luis came to Liverpool when we were in turmoil. We had not long had new owners in place as well as a new manager. Since he has been around we have not been a club that has enjoyed a settled period of time.
Looking at the bigger picture I think the biggest attribute to us lacking goals is Steven Gerrard. For years he has led the way, he has been the driving force and the heartbeat of our club. During his peak he was the only player who could take a game by the scruff of the neck and single handedly produce a positive outcome. He is now at a point in his career where he needs others to step up to the mark. He is no longer the player who will get you 15+ goals in a season.
We need to be patient and realise that we are not going to have success over night. Hopefully Raheem Sterling can find the goal scoring touch for the first team that he displayed at both youth and reserve level. If we can get an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal in January this will certainly be a big bonus in my opinion. For me Allen, Sahin and now Gerrard to, do not offer too much of a goal scoring threat.