Why Liverpool should not go all out for a striker this January

The Reds need to strengthen during the transfer window but other priorities are far greater.

When Liverpool have struggled at the back, the club's answer in recent years has - for some reason - been to concentrate on attack.

That reason, we can reasonably conclude, is that the best defence is offence in theory - which isn't always the case.

Now, though, to neglect their defensive deficiencies would be to undo all the good work Brendan Rodgers has done in making up for the mistakes of the early season. Much like he has neglected defending throughout his Anfield career.

For, this January, Liverpool certainly need new players. A top-standard goalkeeper would make a huge difference, while new defensive personnel is an option.

But the need for a new striker is now much less imposing than it once was.

Look at the last time the Reds signed a striker, for instance. In spending £16 million on Mario Balotelli, the Anfield outfit are yet to receive reward in terms of a single Premier League goal. That money would have been far better spent on a new goalkeeper.

And the situation is even more poignant now, as Rodgers' side are finally scoring goals again without a striker. It seems they never needed one all along - and had the boss stuck with Raheem Sterling as a false nine earlier, Liverpool could have been going places a lot sooner.

Of course, Liverpool could certainly do with another body up front. But, if Daniel Sturridge returns from injury, the need for one will be extremely marginal.

And, without the 25-year-old, the Reds are finally scoring goals again anyway. Rodgers himself has hinted at minimal business and rightly so after the hit-and-miss summer. The problems with Liverpool, like during today's 2-2 draw with Leicester, will not be solved by signing a forward.

So any transfer funds would be better spent strengthening at the back. Then we can talk about strikers - maybe.

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