Luis Suarez afterlife started with a 2-1 victory over Southampton for Liverpool, but despite the success, Brendan Rodgers is still looking for another striker.
The quest to replace the departed Uruguayan with a player of comparable quality is one that’s destined to end in failure for the Reds recruitment department, but it appears Rodgers doesn’t trust his current crop to compensate for the loss of the 31 goals Suarez netted last term.
His contribution made up the bulk of the 101 strikes Liverpool plundered en route to finishing second last time around and, in light of his absence, the laying gurus at bwin.com have gone 17/20 about the Anfielders notching fewer than 86.5 goals this term.
The same price is available for those who think their seasonal haul will fall north of this mark.
At present, the Liverpool boss doubts his side’s ability to score as many, but the Ulsterman needn’t fear, here’s why he doesn’t need another forward:
In Daniel Sturridge they have a striker who’s scored 32 league goals in 42 matches.
Few marksmen the world over can claim to be as deadly as the Birmingham-born goal-getter and in bagging the winner against last time out, the initial outlook suggests he’ll cope just fine without his former strike partner.
Raheem Sterling was another player to prosper in the absence of Suarez, scoring and assisting after being deployed on the wing as opposed to at the tip of a diamond.
Adding another elite centre-forward to the Reds attacking concoction is going to restrict the game time the teenager is afforded in his natural berth, while Coutinho’s involvement would also be impacted.
Two attacking acquisitions didn’t kick a ball in the club’s seasonal bow.
With Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana still to come into the side, the Merseysiders are certainly not wanting for munitions providers.
The pair deviated from their chance-creation remits to provide 14 league goals between them and offer Rodgers two more options in attack.
They have three World Cup strikers on their books already.
Belgian wonder boy Divock Origi may be out on loan, but if Liverpool were to spend big on a fourth alternative to play in their one-striker system, they’d have a surplus of assets in this position when the teenager returns a year from now.
No fourth-place finishing side has required more than 74 goals to book a Champions League spot in history.
Subtract Suarez’s goals from last term’s tally and the Reds would have outdone the best net-bulging effort of any team to finish fourth by seven.
The influx of orchestrators at Anfield should easily account for the Barcelona man’s 12 assists, so assuming striking standards of last season don’t drop, they should comfortably score the goals required to book a second successive spot at Europe’s top table.