Jamie Carragher doesn't think Liverpool have a first-choice striker

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Jamie Carragher doesn't believe Liverpool will start the Premier League season with a first-choice striker, insisting as many as four players will be competing for the position.

The majority of Liverpool fans would probably expect to see Daniel Sturridge starting up front for Jurgen Klopp's side but Carragher believes the England international will be hard pushed by his team-mates.

Sturridge is widely considered to be one of the best players at Anfield but his incessant problems with injury has allowed others to contend for the striker spot. Not only that but the arrival of Sadio Mane from Southampton has intensified the contest further.

It gives Klopp an enviable problem ahead of their opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal and Liverpool's former defender could offer the German no advice, claiming there is no clear frontrunner in the race to start up front.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't know if Daniel Sturridge will be the starting striker. Divock Origi played in a lot of the big games in Europe last season and has done well in pre-season.

Big competition

"Sadio Mane is a very good signing. He can play in any of the four positions in attack and it looks like he will play on the right for Liverpool. They lacked pace and goals from those attacking midfield positions last year but his record suggests he will fix that.

"Roberto Firmino has been praised by Klopp as the player of pre-season and he likes him as a centre-forward, so there's no number one striker at Liverpool.

"There's three or four players going for one or two positions, which is a good thing for the team because nobody can rest on their laurels. The individuals would like to see themselves as first-choice and relax a little bit, but this situation will keep them on their toes."


Notice the snub delivered to Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke, both of whom remain on the books at Anfield but are expected to leave this summer.

The former has been linked with a move back to Serie A while the latter is expected to complete a move to Crystal Palace in the coming days.

No more Europe

Thanks to their seventh-placed finish and defeat in the Europa League final last season, Liverpool will have no continental football to contest this season. While that may be a bad thing for fans with season tickets, Carragher believes that the reduced number of games could benefit his former club.

He said: "Like Chelsea, there's no European football for Liverpool next season and that could be massive for their prospects in the Premier League.

"We saw against Barcelona how Klopp wants Liverpool to play in a certain way and it will be difficult to keep energy and pace in the game if you have more games.

"With free midweeks they can go into weekends fully firing with energy and desire to press. That could make it very difficult for the opposition."

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