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Liverpool legend says Sterling and Coutinho must do more to help strikers

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has said that Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho must contribute more from midfield following the Reds’ dismal season in front of goal.

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Brendan Rodgers’s boys have struggled to adapt to life without goalscoring talisman Luis Suarez, who left Anfield in the summer after completing a £75m move to Barcelona. This, combined with injury to last season’s second-leading scorer Daniel Sturridge, has seen their attacking threat almost dissipate.

Liverpool’s strikers – Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge – have scored just eight league goals between them, but former Reds captain Jamie Carragher reckons Sterling and Coutinho should be doing more to help out in attack.

He also insists that Brendan Rodgers must buy a new striker in the summer.

He told Sky Sports, “Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho need to add more goals to their game but in terms of what Liverpool need, especially with the news of Sturridge’s injury, they need a striker.

“They need a top striker to go with Divock Origi, who is coming in from Lille, and Sturridge when he comes back,” he added.

“Unfortunately the strikers already at the club haven’t produced and they have not got the goals that we needed.

“You would expect two, maybe three, of them to move on and Liverpool would need to reinforce in attack.”

Despite their miserable form in front of goal, Liverpool are in with a slight chance of pipping Manchester United to fourth place. They will, however, need to win their remaining three fixtures – versus Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Stoke City – and rely on the Red Devils slipping up.

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