For a club that many still believe to be one of the biggest in the world, you wouldn’t expect Liverpool to be sat in 8th place in the Premier League, with Europa League football their biggest hope. The Reds have scored only 30 Premier League goals this season, and given that Christian Benteke is their top scorer in the league with just six goals, you can see why they are struggling.
In the January transfer window, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira, but failed to agree a fee, despite the striker’s desire to move. The club are believed to have made two bids for the striker, the highest of which at £24 million, well short of the Ukrainian side’s demand of £35 million.
Their inability to sign the Brazilian, or any striker for that matter, will come as a disappointment to Jurgen Klopp, who since becoming the club’s manager hasn’t shown much belief in Liverpool’s current front men. Recently he has started another Brazilian, Roberto Firmino, upfront with Christian Benteke only appearing from the start in FA Cup games, where Klopp has tended to use only fringe players and youngsters.
The problem isn’t just Benteke however. Daniel Sturridge, who when fit has been a crucial player for Liverpool, has spent more time out injured than on the pitch. Since Klopp’s appointment on October 8, Sturridge has been involved in only three games. He is yet to complete 90 minutes under the new manager.
Divock Origi is the only other man in the frame, especially with Danny Ings’ knee injury ruling him out for the season. The Belgian has also suffered with injuries this season, and even when he has been fit, he has failed to impress. In his eight Premier League games, he has scored only one goal.
With the Christian Benteke continuing to misfire upfront, Liverpool are in need of a striker capable of scoring the goals to win them games. Even with the failure to sign Teixeira, Liverpool still had all of January to go out and buy another striker.
The lack of transfer business looks like it could hurt Liverpool in the second half of the campaign, and it showed on Tuesday against Leicester, where the Reds had only two shots on target. With their chances of making the Champions League places ever-fading, their inability to sign a top striker will hinder Liverpool.