Speaking in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Southampton Brendan Rodgers was quick to concede his transfer business was yet to be concluded for the summer.
The pocket-sized puppet master admitted “I still think we need a striker, so we’ll search through until the end of the window for that.”
Liverpool netted 101 league goals last season, but the departed Luis Suarez either scored or assisted a whopping 43 of them.
As it stands the bwin odds gurus foresee them struggling to nab anything approaching that amount this term, setting the Merseysiders’ Premier League goals line at 86.5.
Odds of 17/20 are available once punters have chosen which side of the fence they wish to reside, but unless the Reds land another goalscorer there’s only one way to play.
Of the other players bobbing around in the wake of Suarez’s exploits, only two more managed to net double figure hauls, with only a further pair managing five strikes or more.
Two of those alluded to, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, benefitted to the tune of a combined ten assists from the Uruguayan.
It’s a creative burden Rickie Lambert, despite his ten set-ups in 2013/14, will be hard pressed to shoulder, with starts likely to be at a premium.
Meanwhile, of the remaining duo, Steven Gerrard profited from an 11-strong penalty haul, many earned by Suarez, while Martin Skrtel can hardly be relied upon to replicate his seven goals this term.
While some may argue that the likes of Raheem Sterling are primed to step up, the goals Suarez created out of nothing other than elbow grease and self-belief have yet to be replaced.
The fact that Rodgers has highlighted a striker, rather than the more vaguely-defined ‘forward’ is interesting in given his need to replace the goals the Barcelona man provided from the left-hand side.
However, the fact remains that the manager has acknowledged that to rely upon Sterling, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic to account for as many strikes as Suarez would be imprudent.