Jamie Carragher makes an interesting point about Liverpool's striking options

Former Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher before the fight

Who will be Liverpool's first choice striker this season?

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has suggested that the Reds do not have a first choice striker going into the start of the new season. 

The Reds have some good striking options available to them in Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino, while it looks as though Christian Benteke is surplus to requirements at Anfield. 

Carragher highlighted that with Sturridge's injury record and Jurgen Klopp's faith in Origi for some of the bigger games last season, he could get some opportunities from the start this term, while the ex-defender feels Sadio Mane could operate up front after his switch from Southampton. 

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goal

He told Sky Sports: "I don't know if Daniel Sturridge will be the starting striker. Divock Origi played in a lot of the big games in Europe last season and has done well in pre-season.

"Sadio Mane is a very good signing. He can play in any of the four positions in attack and it looks like he will play on the right for Liverpool.

"They lacked pace and goals from those attacking midfield positions last year but his record suggests he will fix that.

"Roberto Firmino has been praised by Klopp as the player of pre-season and he likes him as a centre-forward, so there's no number one striker at Liverpool."

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets

There is certainly some healthy competition for places in the final third. Origi's development into a front line striker was a pleasant and welcome surprise for the Reds while Sturridge proved he is still the best finisher at the club. Despite his injury woes for the first half of the season, he managed to finish as the club's top scorer. 

Firmino started to find the net regularly during the second half of last season and finished as the side's top scorer in the league while Ings is returning from injury. The former Burnley man will probably be on the bench more often than not and Firmino could be used in an advanced role if called upon, but ideally will provide a supporting role. 

One would expect that Mane's role in the side is mostly going to be as a wide man, but his versatility is an asset that could prove handy in the season ahead. 

Liverpool's Danny Ings scores their first goal

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