Liverpool lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Monday in what was actually a relatively good performance from Brendan Rodgers’ young side given the quantity of injuries and other problems with which the Northern Irishman has been forced to contend with.
However, one certainty that came out of the match was the fact that Liverpool should very much still be in the market for a new striker. Rodgers saw a move for Loic Remy fall through last month and has made no moves since to attempt to fill the massive hole left behind by Luis Suarez.
New striker needed
Adding to this necessity is the fact that Fabio Borini may still move to Sunderland in a deal worth £14 million, leaving Rodgers with even fewer options up front. However, even if Borini does stay at Anfield, Rodgers must still go out and spend on a striker, big name or otherwise.
Daniel Sturridge is more than capable of leading the line by himself, having been the second top scorer in the league last season and Borini is a capable back up option if he does stay but the injury records of those two players mean that despite there being three strikers playing for one position, Rodgers may at some times be faced with no choice.
Sturridge missed nine games last season through injury and Borini was out for the majority of his first season and both are injured again at the present moment.
These two being injured currently sees Rodgers forced to play Rickie Lambert on his own up front and while he is certainly a quality player, he can not be relied upon to carry the attack for two games a week with Champions League commitments on top of the domestic fixtures.
He looked tired after little more than an hour against Manchester United and it is unfair to pin expectations on him alone should the other two become injured at the same time. Indeed the situation became so desperate on Monday that Philippe Coutinho even spent some time in the centre-forward position; an experiment that proved distinctly unsuccessful.
So given this situation Liverpool really have no option now. They must buy and back up the quality talent they have. Whether that is a big name to challenge, but possibly unsettle, Sturridge or simply another back-up option is up to Rodgers, but he will have seen on Monday that he cannot go into the season on August 17 without at least one more striking option.