Liverpool legend: "Rodgers must sign this Premier League striker"

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Former Liverpool hero Steve Nicol has urged the club to splash the cash on Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony.

The Reds got their season off to a great start with a 2-1 win over Southampton at Anfield today, as goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge handed Brendan Rodgers' side all three points despite Nathaniel Clyne's equaliser in the second half.

An opening day win was just what Liverpool needed after a busy summer, having seen star striker Luis Suarez leave the club for Barcelona in a blockbuster £75m deal. Rodgers has since added the likes of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to his side, but another striker should be on the radar after Suarez's exit.

The likes of Falcao and Edinson Cavani have both been linked with moves to Merseyside, but Liverpool legend Steve Nicol - who made almost 350 appearances for the club between 1981 and 1994 - says that it's Swansea's Wilfried Bony who Rodgers should be looking to sign.

"They need another striker," he told talkSPORT. "It's unlikely that Daniel Sturridge is going to stay fit and be able to play every game. Rickie Lambert is a great pro, a good player, but he is not going to win you the Premier League title or do anything in the Champions League.

"I'm sorry they haven't got Wilfried Bony because I think he would be a great player for Liverpool," Nicol added. "He's a proven striker in the Premier League, he scores goals, and he has played with a side that is similar in style to Liverpool. He would settle into Liverpool very quickly. I'm hoping that would be the signing."

Bony, 25, had an outstanding first season in the Premier League after his £12m switch from Vitesse Arnhem a year ago, scoring 25 goals for Swansea before impressing for the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Bony has subsequently been linked with moves to both Arsenal and Tottenham this summer, but recent reports suggest that Liverpool are preparing a new bid for Bony in order to try and bring him to Anfield.

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