Why Liverpool don't need to sign another centre-forward this summer

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The Reds have been linked with a number of different strikers, all of which would represent the wrong move.

First, it was Mario Balotelli. Then, it was Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Who knows who it will be next?

All share a common theme, however, being penalty-box strikers with a penchant for a long shot - a classic no.9 with little to offer coming from deep with their back to goal.

But whether reports linking Liverpool with these forwards bear any truth, the simple fact is that they aren't needed at Anfield.

You would think the talismanic Luis Suarez needed replacing by a world-class striker. But, in truth, his greatest asset is what he does in the build-up to goals.

Yes, his 31-goal tally in the Premier League will be impossible to replace with one signing. That, though, is why Brendan Rodgers has embarked on recruiting several players to replace the Uruguayan.

First, there was Rickie Lambert, a traditional no.9 in the mould of a Huntelaar or Balotelli. Now, Lazar Markovic is also expected to sign for the Reds, while Adam Lallana joined Lambert in making the move from Southampton.

The conclusion from those attacking recruitments is that Rodgers doesn't need another centre-forward.

Why? Because, with Lallana, Markovic and Raheem Sterling likely to play out wide, there is only room for one striker. And, with Daniel Sturridge already proving his worth up front, Lambert providing backup and Fabio Borini looking as though he will also stay on Merseyside, there are already three competitors for that one spot.

It all comes down to the incorrect assumption that Rodgers will play two up top like he did with Sturridge and Suarez. The big-money signings of Lallana and Markovic show that the 41-year-old is prioritising wingers - meaning a likely shift to a 4-3-3 formation, or a 4-2-3-1 that can accommodate all three of Sterling, Lallana and Markovic.

After all, it would make little sense to spend nigh on £50 million on the duo if he was going to stick with 4-4-2.

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