Liverpool have been urged to sign ‘another goalscorer’ to put the pressure on Roberto Firmino as the forward continues to misfire as the club’s number nine.
Firmino has struggled to replicate his best goalscoring from in recent months and scored just once in the league at home last season, with the Brazil international enduring an evening to forget in front of goal during the Reds’ 4-3 win over Leeds in their Premier League opener.
Jurgen Klopp has previously spoken on Firmino’s goalscoring record and says he remains unconcerned given the influence the 28-year-old has on his side, however, the Premier League champions were strongly linked with a move for Timo Werner before withdrawing amid financial concerns.
Liverpool are working on a limited budget this summer and have made just one signing in the form of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos, though former Kop favourite John Aldridge has suggested the signing of a new forward could help galvanise the squad.
Aldridge believes that Firmino has been affected by his recent woes in front of goal and believes the star could benefit from the pressure of increased competition for a starting spot.
“Bobby Firmino still seems to have the shackles around him a little bit,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
“He got involved in midfield and showed some nice touches but, again, in the box at Anfield it wasn’t happening for him.
“He missed a good chance second half after a great link up with his strike partners and obviously we all remember how it took him until the final home game of last season to score a league goal at Anfield.
“I don’t know if that’s still playing on his mind because he didn’t look himself in the box.
“There’s been a lot said about Liverpool’s stance in the transfer market this summer but I can’t help but feel it might do Bobby some good if he did have someone breathing down his neck for his place so he knows he’s got to score goals.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of his and he does some great things for the front three which often goes unnoticed but if you’re a number nine, you have to score goals.
“That’s the bottom line and he knows that. He’s not been doing that at Anfield for the last year or so and it needs to change.
“I understand the club’s general position on transfers this summer but it is a bit of a gamble in a couple of positions because we’ve been relatively lucky with injuries the last couple of seasons but you can’t always bank on that.
Roberto Firmino did not produce a single shot on target or create a chance against Leeds United. pic.twitter.com/fhaUrEZHgH
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“Transfers themselves are also something of a gamble for Liverpool as it’s hard to improve on what we’ve got and also convince players to sign who know they probably won’t be first choice. But I still think we could do with another goalscorer.
“In an ideal world, the fans would have loved to have seen us get Timo Werner or someone of that ilk but it wasn’t possible.
“Freshening the squad up, even if it’s just one player, keeps everyone on their toes and adds to the competition for places.”