Ex-Arsenal star John Hartson claims Liverpool won’t make top four unless they fix their striker issues…
John Hartson believes Liverpool are nowhere near the top teams in the Premier League this season, and says they need to improve drastically if they are to have any hope of securing Champions League again next season, as reported by talk SPORT.
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The former Arsenal man claims that Brendan Rodgers’ side have to remedy their striking situation, with their lack of a prolific striker seriously impacting their game.
He conceded that their performance against the Gunners during their 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday was far better than in recent weeks, but with the club still struggling down in tenth place there is still plenty of work to do.
“Liverpool deserved a lot of credit yesterday for the way they approached the game. They were excellent. It was a big improvement from how they have been playing, but I still think they are a million miles away from the top two, Chelsea and City, and so are Arsenal,” he said.
“They are capable [of finishing in the top four] but it is going to be difficult for them. They need to put a run together and they need to sort out that centre-forward position and get someone in there who is going to get goals.”
With the Merseyside club crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages, Rodgers needs to make some real changes if he wants to see his side competing with Europe’s elite again next season.
The return of Daniel Sturridge would go a long way to solving their striker crisis, but with the England international already having suffered a number of setbacks, Rodgers may be forced to dip into the market this January.