Former Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has urged reds boss Brendan Rodgers to sign another striker of risk missing out on a top four finish. The gaffer doesn’t seem to stress though saying that Daniel Sturridge is ready to step up and become the main man at Anfield.
“I think you’ll see Daniel go on another level again this season, with the confidence of a full campaign last year and scoring the goals he did. Hopefully he can stay injury free this season,” said Rodgers during their current tour of America before praising the potential partnership of Sturridge and Lambert.
“We’ve [also] got Rickie Lambert who will get goals for us. He’s starting to really get comfortable with the group.We’ve got a number of players that go and facilitate the role [of goalscoring]. I looked at the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in training today and they were exceptional; the link-up play and some of their combination play was great.”
But ex Scotland international Nicol isn’t sharing the Rodgers confidence and is worried that an injury to England international Sturridge could be the end of Liverpool’s title campaign.
“Without another striker though, in case he gets injured, they are up the creek without a paddle. There isn’t another striker currently at the club that is going to take them into the top four, never mind challenge for the Premier League title,” Nicol told talkSPORT.
“If they don’t sign another centre-forward they’ll struggle to get back into the top four. You can’t expect Daniel Sturridge to do it all on his own. He’s shown he can play up front, score goals and carry the team for a certain amount of time.”
There is no doubt that the reds are still on the look out for another striking option with talk flying around that a loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao could be an option. There is also a certain, Fabio Borini, back at the club who managed 10 goals last season in a struggling Sunderland team. He has vowed to fight for his place in the reds first team and could be a welcome surprise in the up coming season.