John Aldridge comments on what a fit top-class striker would be worth to Liverpool this season

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool have been poor in front of goal this season, and it seems to have cost them dearly.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that a fit Daniel Sturridge this season would have seen the Reds 10 points better off.

Jurgen Klopp's side once again bemoaned the lack of a goal threat during the defeat to Manchester United at the weekend while familiar flaws struck at the opposite end of the field.

So far this season, the Reds have only scored 25 goals in 22 matches in the Premier League and the lack of a forward regularly scoring has meant a disappointing campaign so far, with Liverpool eight points off the Champions League places in ninth. 

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "If Daniel Sturridge is playing we‘ve got 10 more points and are where we want to be. That’s the value of a top striker, that’s why you pay £30m, £40m or £50m for their services. We saw how he scored his goals against Southampton [in the League Cup in December]."

By Aldridge's reckoning, Liverpool would be sitting in fourth place and right in the title race. An extra 10 points would point them three points behind Arsenal and Leicester who are currently setting the pace. 

Christian Benteke is the club's current top scorer but Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to use the Belgian at the moment as he seems at odds with the style of play the Liverpool manager wants to use right now, with Roberto Firmino preferred to lead the line.

Though Aldridge feels Firmino has played well recently, he doesn't feel that he is the man to lead the line for the Reds on a regular basis.

He added: "Firmino is not a natural leader of the line but he’s played well in the last few games, with his two goals against Arsenal. He’s more a scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer.

"He’s starting to settle in, is showing some good touches and just needs to be consistent and realise he can’t dawdle on the ball. He was caught about four times against United when he thought he’d got away from players and he hadn’t."

It's certain that goals are a problem for this current Liverpool side. The fact that an injured Daniel Sturridge is their best hope of getting goals flowing in the side is not good for the Reds on any level. They can't be relying on someone who has persistent injury troubles to be saving their season, they need to look both within the squad and elsewhere for players to pick up the slack in front of goal.

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