Liverpool legend John Aldridge identifies number one area side needs to address

The former forward thinks the Reds need a decent striker like Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, who got the better of Liverpool at the weekend at Wembley.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said his old club needs to address the lack of firepower in the squad in the summer.

Writing in the Liverpool Echo, the ex-Reds marksman suggested that Christian Benteke - a man who helped dump them out of the FA Cup on Sunday could be a good acquisition.

He also suggests Liverpool have never really got over the departure of Luis Suarez, or coped well enough with the absence of Daniel Sturridge for much of the season through injury.

He said: "It’s been a problem all season. We lost Daniel Sturridge in August, and we just couldn’t replace him. The manager doesn’t fancy Balotelli, Borini or Rickie Lambert, and we just haven’t had that reliable goalscorer as a result.

"I’m sure I wasn’t alone in watching Luis Suarez tear David Luiz and Paris St Germain last week and feeling sick to the stomach. We had him last season.

"You’ll never get another like him, but you have to try, try, try to find one, to get someone in who can have an impact. We’ve got a promising kid in Divock Origi coming in next season, but we simply have to go out and get another striker who can score goals, whether it’s alongside Sturridge or instead of him.

"Christian Benteke might be that man, I don’t know. I like him, and have done for a few seasons, but we have to fill that gap, because it will cost us big time if we don’t. Raheem Sterling led the line in the first half yesterday, but he can’t be asked to shoulder that burden."

Scoring goals has been a problem for Liverpool this season, which is illustrated by their tally in the league this season compared to last term.

It's not often a side scores 101 goals in a league campaign and it would have been hard to match that even if they retained Luis Suarez and his 31 goals from last term. This season they have only managed to find the net on 47 occasions from 32 games, and will be lucky to hit the 60-goal mark.

It's the big difference between a side that was challenging for the Premier League title last season and struggling to get into the Champions League this time around; and Brendan Rodgers' men have missed out on two trophies despite reaching the business end of the competitions.

But as Aldridge points out, only three shots on target in the biggest game of the season shows Liverpool lack that penetration and end product, and it needs to be addressed.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch