Liverpool’s departing captain Steven Gerrard claims lack of goals from the strikers cost them a place in top four this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are fifth in the league table with 62 points from 36 games, trailing fourth place Manchester United by six points. Louis van Gaal’s side have a superior goal difference and they need a point to secure a place in the next season’s Champions League.
The Merseyside club allowed Luis Suarez join Barcelona and signed Mario Balotelli last summer. He joined Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as the four strikers at Anfield this season.
Injury to Sturridge and poor form from the trio left Liverpool short of goals front. Gerrard now wants the Northern Irishman to go out and sign a ready-made striker – who can score 25-30 goals – in order to challenge for the title next season.
“To get into the top four, you are going to need a striker who can score 25-30 goals a season. That is just the way it is. That is where we came short this season,” Gerrard said.
“It was always going to be tough when we lost Luis Suarez [sold to Barcelona last summer], but I thought we could definitely finish in the top four positions if we kept Daniel Sturridge fit and he could perform like he did alongside Luis.”
“I don’t want to stand on the owners or Brendan’s toes – I am just speaking as a fan. But that is what we need to do. I wouldn’t buy any more potential in the short-term. I would buy players that are ready to come and fight and win and be successful,” he added.
Gerrard has two matches left in his Liverpool career as he is set to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. He will play his last match at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday.