Liverpool are set to prioritise the signing of a new forward this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks for reinforcements to ‘supplement’ his current attacking options.
Liverpool have endured a disappointing domestic campaign following last season’s title success and currently sit sixth in the Premier League, five points adrift of the division’s top four in the race to secure Champions League football.
Injuries have massively contributed to the club’s downturn in performances with their options at centre-back, in particular, having been decimated by a succession of long-term injuries.
Whilst those issues have dominated the majority of the headlines, the faltering fortunes of the Reds forward options have also raised concerns with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane having performed well below expectations.
Liverpool have failed to score a single league goal from open play in seven home Premier League fixtures in 2021, having seen a 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield – a sequence that stretched more than three calendar years – followed by an unprecedented run of six consecutive home defeats.
The club’s lack of goal threat has now impacted their approach to this summer’s transfer market, with The Athletic reporting that the signing of a new forward is now a priority for Klopp and his recruitment team.
According to the report, however, any new arrival will not come as a direct replacement for the Reds’ established options but will add to the current complement of options at Anfield.
Liverpool’s first-choice front three of Firmino, Mane and Mohamed Salah have brought the club huge success in recent seasons, though the need for fresh impetus has been shown by their struggles to recapture their finest form this season.
Diogo Jota – who scored in the 1-0 win at Wolves on Monday evening – is another option and has impressed during his debut season on Merseyside.
It remains to be seen whether the club target a multi-functional forward in the style of Jota or Salah, or move for a recognised central forward in a change of direction from the false nine often utilised with Firmino.