Former Liverpool star David Fairclough believes the current Reds crop are without a natural goalscorer in the ilk of former Kop heroes Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.
The Merseyside club have found the net only 17 times in 14 Barclays Premier League outings so far this term; a staggering 31 goals less than leaders Manchester City.
Luis Suarez is the top scorer for Kenny Dalglish's side with four strikes to his name, while £35 million January signing Andy Carroll has scored only twice in the league.
This, says Fairclough, serves as evidence that Liverpool are crying out for a more potent force in front of goal - something the Anfield club have been able to boast int he past.
"The goalscoring issue is a major talking point at the moment, and you have to address that I think," said Fariclough, who scored 55 goals for Liverpool.
"You need four good strikers, and I think Liverpool are probably a man short in that department.
"Van Persie has scored 14 goals this season, and our top scorer has four. It's not comparable, is it?
"With the chances that we've had - how may times are we saying it this season? We're near the mark, we do this and we do that, and we threaten goals, but we're not killing off teams.
"We need somebody like Owen or Fowler, or a John Aldridge; a real poacher; somebody who hangs around the six yard box and gets a bagful of goals."
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