Ian Wright said on BBC One (4:36pm, January 24, 2021) that Liverpool trio Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are not an upgrade on the regular front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The former Arsenal star, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, believes that winger Shaqiri, Minamino – who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger – and striker Origi are not good enough.
Wright also pointed out that Liverpool did not replace Dejan Lovren when he left in the summer of 2020.
The Englishman made the comments while analysing Liverpool’s recent run of poor form.
Wright said on BBC One (4:36pm, January 24, 2021): “You start looking at Shaqiri, Minamino and Origi. I don’t think they are an upgrade at all on what they need, especially if those three guys ain’t doing well. Then you look at Lovren.
“They didn’t replace Lovren. When you look at their susceptibility to injury of Matip and Gomez, and then you are missing out on Virgil van Dijk, what he does defensively, his leadership and even his build-up play.”
Does Ian Wright have a point?
Wright is right about Shaqiri, Minamino and Origi not being able to step in for Salah, Firmino and Mane, but then again, who are?
Salah, Firmino and Mane are world-class forwards, and it is not going to be easy for Liverpool to find players who are just as good and still willing to be substitutes.
Liverpool did make a very good signing in the summer of 2020 in Diogo Jota, but the Portuguese attacker is injured at the moment.