Liverpool legend: Reds could do with Van Persie

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Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has drawn comparisons between the Reds' poor start to the season and Arsenal's stuttering beginnings last term, but says there is one key difference between the two sides.

Brendan Rodgers has overseen the worst Liverpool start in 100 years, with the Anfield club sitting in the relegation zone having claimed only two points from their opening five Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool's most recent defeat came at the hands of Manchester United last weekend with Robin van Persie netting the winner in a game the home side had dominated despite having 10-men.

Lawrenson, though, says Liverpool will continue to stutter unless they find a proven goalscorer and fast, and highlighted how Van Persie almost singlehandedly dragged Arsenal into the Champions League last season.

"In the aftermath of Liverpool's undeserved defeat to Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers pointed to Arsenal's poor start last season as reason for hope," Lawrenson wrote in the Liverpool Daily Post.

"That rather conveniently overlooks the fact Arsenal had a bloke called Robin van Persie playing up front for them at the time."

The Reds, adds Lawrenson, do not have someone of class of Van Persie or Barcelona's Lionel Messi to pull them through matches, and the Rodgers needs his midfield to contribute more.

"They need to do more," added the former Liverpool defender.

"They are almost on the cusp of supporters thinking 'we are playing nice, but we are not going to win'.

"But they need a goalscorer. Would Barcelona be anything like what they are without Messi? Would they heck.

"With no striker to hand, this is how it's going to be until January."

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