Ex-England striker Trevor Francis can't understand why Brendan Rodgers has yet to fork out in the transfer market for a big-name striker.
Former England international Trevor Francis is stunned that Liverpool haven’t added another striker to their squad this summer, believing the side to be well short on goals as the new campaign approaches.
With Brendan Rodgers bidding to replace the 31-goal impact of Luis Suarez, following his £75 million departure to Barcelona, Liverpool have spent just under £90 million thus far on Southampton trio Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, as well as Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.
However, with an £8.5 million move for Loic Remy collapsing due to a failed medical, and Origi returning to Lille on loan, Francis doesn’t believe the sole addition of Lambert up top adds nearly enough firepower to improve upon last season’s impressive second-place Premier League finish.
‘Of that £90 million spent, £10 million was on Origi, who’s gone back on loan to Lille, and just £4 million was on Lambert,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘So forget the young Belgian player for a moment, that’s £80 million spent and only £4 million put aside for a striker.
‘I just think that somewhere along the line the balance is not right. Rodgers needed a £30 million striker. Don’t ask me who, because that’s not my job, that’s his. He’s got scouts everywhere looking to bring somebody in.
‘I believe he’s got to do it before the transfer window in August closes, otherwise it’s too long a period to go between August and January without having a recognised striker.’
With only Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and the potentially departing Fabio Borini to call on up front at present, another marksman seems desperately needed for a club preparing to fight on all fronts, but who that player will be still remains to be seen.
Liverpool have been strongly linked to Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony over the past few weeks, as well as AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli, though Rodgers has recently moved to quash reports of the a move for the latter.
Having narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, another proven goalscorer would certainly go a long way towards bettering the success of 2013-14, especially with the rest of the squad already strengthened in all areas.