Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes his former club should forget about signing West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino and instead look to Europe to solve their scoring problems.
Berahino, 21, got off to a fantastic star to this season, netting eight goals in his first nine Premier League games to attract reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as earn a first call-up to the senior England squad.
The striker has been linked with a £20 million move to Anfield in recent weeks and also sparked rumours about his future at West Brom after not celebrating his four-goal haul in the 7-0 FA Cup win against Gateshead.
With Daniel Sturridge sidelined since August, and Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini combining for just one top-flight strike between them so far this season, Liverpool’s need for help up top is no secret, and most have pegged Berahino has the club’s main transfer target.
However, after witnessing the Baggies ace go through an 11-game drought until the New Year, as well as seen his attitude questioned, Thompson isn’t convinced that the promising front man should be on manager Brendan Rodgers’ shortlist.
"I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
"Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.
"But, for me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude.”
Thompson believes that Rodgers would be wiser to go after a big-name from abroad, such Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain or Paris Saint-Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi, who have both been linked with a move to the Premier League side since the summer.
"I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Lavezzi,” he added.
“Somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure would be a big boost.”