Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says that Liverpool “need a forward” if they are to continue improving and has suggested they sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.
The Reds have enjoyed a dominant season in the Premier League and currently sit 25 points clear of second placed Manchester City, while they have also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this term.
However, they have been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions and recently saw the defence of their European crown come to an end after losing to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Therefore, Jurgen Klopp’s side still have plenty of room for improvement if they are to become the all-conquering side many have predicted them to be.
And Merson says that one thing Liverpool are lacking is a goalscoring forward, but could find one in wantaway Gunners striker Aubameyang.
In an interview on Sky Sports News, as quoted on Sports Mole, the former England international said: “Liverpool do need a forward. Let’s be honest, they haven’t got a natural striker.
“Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino work really well together as a three, but you do need someone who can bang in 25 goals without a fuss.
“Firmino is a top player but he can go long periods of time without scoring. You still need someone who is a safety net in terms of goals and that’s what Aubameyang can provide.”
Firmino, Mane and Salah have scored 49 goals between them in 2019/20, but Firmino has contributed just eight Premier League goals and has failed to score a goal at Anfield so far. His form has led to some questions over his position in the team, with some calls for him to be replaced if his form does not improve when the season resumes.
Merson also made a bizarre comparison between Liverpool and a successful burger company when trying to explain why the Merseyside club need to bring in new faces if they are to continue strengthening in the years to come.
“Liverpool also need to continue to improve. Winning trophies is hard, but coming back and winning them again is even harder”, he continued.
“There’s a company out there that sells more burgers, more chips and more fast food than anyone in the world, but they still do adverts. That tells me you have to keep working to stay on top. When you win something, you’ve got to go and improve again.
“Some teams go and keep the faith in the squad that won and go from there, but you have to keep improving if you want to stay on top. The burger company don’t do adverts to sell stuff, they do it to stay on top. Liverpool will have to do the same and that may mean freshening up the squad.”
On the back of their European success last year, Liverpool chose not to add any senior players to their squad, however they look set to make a number of changes this time around.