Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes his old club are 'in trouble' if they don't sign another new striker this summer.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is currently reshaping his squad as the Reds prepare for the new season without Luis Suarez, after the Uruguayan striker departed the club for Barcelona for £75 million.
Suarez was the top scorer with 31 goals last term, and the Reds have tried to address the striker situation by attempting to sign Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers, only for the deal to fall through despite personal terms reportedly being agreed. The Frenchman reportedly failed a medical.
Nicol belives that if Liverpool fail to sign a striker between now and the transfer deadline at the start of September, then they could struggle to finish in the Champions League places.
He told TalkSport: “If they don’t sign another centre-forward they’ll struggle to get back into the top four.
“There doesn’t seem to be anybody available who has Loic Remy’s track record. It’s bad news for Liverpool more than anyone else."
Nicol has also stressed the club can't solely rely on Daniel Sturridge despite the forward chipping in with 21 Premier League goals last season. In addition, some will point to his injury record and say it isn't the best, and that he is bound to miss a few games during the course of the season.
Nicol added: “He’s shown he can play up front, score goals and carry the team for a certain amount of time. Without another striker though, in case he gets injured, they are up the creek without a paddle.
“There isn’t another striker currently at the club that is going to take them into the top four, never mind challenge for the Premier League title.
“Liverpool are in trouble. They have to find somebody and I’m not sure where they’re going to find them.”
As well as Sturridge, the Reds currently have Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini at their disposal, and it has been said that Brendan Rodgers wants four strikers at the club going into a season where they are competing in the Champions League as well as trying to mount another serious title challenge.
It has been reported that there are other targets for Liverpool, so it would be a little surprising if another forward isn't acquired. However, some will argue it is highly unlikely that the Reds are going to get a deal done for a similar fee as the £8.5 million suggested for the Frenchman with such a good goalscoring record.