Jurgen Klopp must sign new striker for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Liverpool just 19 days ago. It hasn't even been three weeks yet, but the gifted coach will already be well aware that he faces a huge task on Merseyside. 

Upon his arrival, paying close attention to his rather suspicious defence was expected to be the priority for the former Borussia Dortmund man. And rightly so. 

Despite improvements here and there, former Reds chief Brendan Rodgers never really got it quite right with his back-line. 


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But, after conceding just two goals in their last three games under the new regime, Rodgers' successor may well be pleasantly surprised at just what he has inherited. 

Mamadou Sakho is enjoying a brilliant spell in the side right now while Nathaniel Clyne is starting to prove his credentials at the club. Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno are solid enough, but Klopp will know that there's work to be done. 

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Perhaps, though, he shouldn't go about changing his back-line just yet. The 48-year-old should, in fact, look to develop his defence on the training ground. There's potential there, but the players need an intelligent figure to steer them in the right direction. 

The defence isn't perfect, but Klopp has a bigger problem in his pursuit of success. 

Striker struggles 

It was back in Klopp's first week, before he even took the pitch with his new side, that he suffered a major blow. The long-term injury sustained to Danny Ings was far from an ideal start for Klopp. 

Ultimately, in Rodgers' final weeks in the dugout, Liverpool's summer signing from Burnley had arguably been the Reds' standout player. He was handed the club's Player of the Month award for September, after all. 

Daniel Sturridge added to Klopp's woes as he suffered yet another setback in training. The England international has played no part in Klopp's reign so far. Robust forward Christian Benteke produced the goods against Southampton on Sunday, but can Klopp really count on him to maintain his fitness? 

Divock Origi appears to be relatively injury free, but he's clearly still learning the game and has yet to come to prominence. While his side have conceded just two goals, they have only found the back of the net on two occasions. 

Top four opportunity 

And if the new Reds boss is serious about securing a place in the top four this season, then he must change the dynamic in attack. Adding firepower is now the requirement. 

Perhaps, then, with the January transfer window just two months away, the Liverpool hierarchy should be looking at potential striker additions. Of course, they won't want a short-term solution. It's difficult for any club to sign players in the middle of the season, but Liverpool must take a serious look at the market.

Saido Berahino, at just 22-years-old, could be an option. There's obviously the terrific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, but that's unlikely to be feasible. It's easy to throw names around at this stage, but the club shouldn't rest on their laurels. They must scour the market in an attempt to find a suitable striker signing. 

With Chelsea enduring a torrid season, Klopp's side have a great chance of returning to the Champions League sooner rather than later.

Just because they are in a period of transition, they shouldn't let this fantastic opportunity pass them by. A consistently fit and firing striker could put Liverpool right back in contention towards the summit of the division. 

Liverpool fans: which striker should your club target in January? Have your say below! 

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