Why should Liverpool buy another striker in January?
Liverpools misery upfront continues, as the available front line of Balotelli, Lambert and Borini have failed to score even a goal in the league this season. The misfiring attacking force deepens Liverpool already existing problems this campaign.
The Merseyside outfit are really struggling in the league, after securing only 14 points from 11 premier league games this season. Besides, the Reds are win-less in their last three premier league matches. In those three games Liverpool scored only one goal, courtesy of a deflection from Gary Cahil against Chelsea. This says the full story of the sorry Reds.
After Liverpool finishing second in the league last campaign, hopes were high for the Reds to finally win their first ever barclays premier league title. However, seeing the teams star studded controversial striker Luis Suarez depart the Anfield outfit for Nou Camp in the summer, expectations lowered for the club. To the credit, Liverpool managed to invest all the money in transfers which they secured in Suarez sale. But the real question is have they used the money well? Seeing the way the team struggle this season, it does not look like a good piece of business for the Anfield club.
Liverpool signed eight first team players in the summer for a combined fee of 117 million. However, many experts believe that instead of buying so many players, they could have signed three or four top quality players. The worrying thing of the lot was the quality of players which they got up front. Balotelli and Lambert was signed by the club to replace the enigmatic Suarez.
But neither of them have found their feet in the ground and are struggling to make any sort of impact in the games. Many questioned Rodgers decision to sign Lambert at the age of 32. After signing Balotelli, the questions against Rodgers have further increased. Balotelli from his Inter Milan days was never questioned for his ability, but all the doubts were on his attitude. Despite playing for Manchester City and AC Milan since, he is unable to improve his attitude on the pitch.
Balotelli has managed to score only one goal in his last 25 league appearances both for Liverpool and Manchester City during his previous stint with the club in England. It is not just about his goals, but his lack of determination on the pitch worry many fans. Balotelli is always criticised for his lack of efforts to close down the opponent players or trying to win the ball after losing it. More over his lack of determination to keep up with the pace of his teammates, has not gone well with the fans.
So adding Lambert and Balotelli with the existing striker Borini, the available front force (as Sturridge is injured) of Liverpool are yet to open their account in the league. So pressure will be huge on Sturridge to deliver after he returns from injury. However, without the support from other strike partners, the English international cannot turn the clubs fortune on his own. It is up to the manager to the make the decision on the front line. If results continue in the same way, not many fans will be against selling one or two of the under firing strikers to buy a proper centre forward.
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