Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has told manager Brendan Rodgers to go out spend money on an established striker in the summer according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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Following the departure of Luis Suarez in the summer, the Reds have struggled to recreate the goal-scoring exploits from last season which saw them hit over 100 goals in the league alone.
The lethal partnership of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge contributed to 52 goals, while this season Liverpool’s four main strikers have registered just eight league goals between them.
Speculation in the Metro last month suggested that the attacking trio of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert will be allowed to leave Anfield in the summer, while concerns over Sturridge’s long term fitness will persist as long as he continues to pick up niggling injuries.
And with Raheem Sterling’s future with the club in question, it appears as if Rodgers will be in the market for a centre-forward in the summer and Thompson wants to see a big name arrive on Merseyside:
“Burnley’s Danny Ings doesn’t have the experience to carry that weight and I think Brendan Rodgers needs to bring in a more established striker.” he told SkySports (via Daily Mirror)
“Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani or somebody of that ilk is required, which means Liverpool are going to have to spend big to be considered title contenders next season.” he added.