Liverpool urged to take transfer ‘gamble’ to solve Jurgen Klopp problem

Liverpool icon John Aldridge wants to see Jurgen Klopp dip into the market to sign a striker to provide competition for Roberto Firmino. Liverpool kicked off the defence of their title in a nervy 4-3 victory over Leeds on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah bagged himself a hat-trick with Virgil van Dijk also getting off the mark.

Sadio Mane looked a threat throughout the game as well as Liverpool attempted 22 shots.

However, only six were on target with Firmino guilty of missing a few golden opportunities.

The Brazil international isn’t known for his goalscoring exploits like that of Salah and Mane in Liverpool’s front line.

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Instead, he often drops into a deeper role to act as the instigator to give both Salah and Mane the opportunities to attack the opponent’s goal.

Firmino is seen as an integral part of Klopp’s system at Liverpool which has seen them win the Champions League and Premier League in the last 18 months.

But Firmino’s performance against Leeds caused some concern for Aldridge.

Liverpool were strongly linked with a move to sign Timo Werner earlier in the year, indicating their interest in signing another strong goal threat.

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And Aldridge wants to see Liverpool try and bring in an alternative to Werner in order to give Firmino more of a push.

“There’s been a lot said about Liverpool’s stance in the transfer market this summer but 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,” he wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of his and he does some great things for the front three which often goes unnoticed but 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.

“I understand the club’s general position on transfers this summer but it is a bit of a gamble in a couple of positions because we’ve been relatively lucky with injuries the last couple of seasons but you can’t always bank on that.

“Transfers themselves are also something of a gamble for Liverpool as it’s hard to improve on what we’ve got and also convince players to sign who know they probably won’t be first choice. But I still think we could do with another goalscorer.

“In an ideal world, the fans would have loved to have seen us get Timo Werner or someone of that ilk but it wasn’t possible.

“Freshening the squad up, even if it’s just one player, keeps everyone on their toes and adds to the competition for places.”

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