Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign a new striker this summer.
The Reds’ priority target seems to be Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool were, without doubt, the best team in the Premier League last season, but goals from midfield were limited.
A new addition in central midfield would be a sensible move, but Aldridge wants Klopp to bring in a new striker as well to push Roberto Firmino to his best.
The Brazilian has arguably been Liverpool’s most important player over the last two years. Firmino’s ability to link up play has helped Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to score consistently, but his own goal-return is a concern for Aldridge.
The former Reds star wrote on his column in Liverpool Echo: “Bobby Firmino still seems to have the shackles around him a little bit though. He got involved in midfield and showed some nice touches but, again, in the box at Anfield it wasn’t happening for him.
“He missed a good chance second half after a great link up with his strike partners and obviously we all remember how it took him until the final home game of last season to score a league goal at Anfield. I don’t know if that’s still playing on his mind because he didn’t look himself in the box.
“I can’t help but feel it might do Bobby some good if he did have someone breathing down his neck for his place so he knows he’s got to score goals. If you’re a number nine, you have to score goals. That’s the bottom line and he knows that. He’s not been doing that at Anfield for the last year or so and it needs to change.”
Firmino’s goal-return isn’t a problem
Firmino scored nine goals and provided eight assists in the Premier League last season. That is a decent return for a player of his style but his goal-return at Anfield, at least on paper, was poor last term.
The 28-year-old Brazilian’s lack of goals is not a problem for Klopp. Firmino does a lot more for the team than just score goals, but it does make sense to bring in another attacker this summer.
Liverpool’s famous front-three will start almost every game and no new player will change that. However, a versatile forward would provide necessary backup to give Salah, Mane and Firmino a break when the Reds will have to play three games a week later in the season.