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What We Need Part 3 - Attack

Thursday 23rd June 2011
Previously, I have discussed my opinions on who Liverpool should acquire in order to improve both the strength of the squad and the starting XI. In this concluding part of my “What We Need” series,  I will discuss what I believe Liverpool should do in terms of improving our attacking options.

In January, we seen a big change in Liverpool's forward line. Our talisman for the past 3-4 seasons, Fernando Torres, parted ways with the club and joined Chelsea in a British transfer record £50m. This left a void in Liverpool's attack which was filled by former Ajax captain Luis Suarez and Newcastle's English target man Andy Carroll. At the time of Torres leaving and the £55million paid for our new attacking duo, I was very apprehensive and nervous about what was going to happen. Carroll had been impressive in the first half of his debut season in the Premier League but could he replicate his form in a new team? Suarez – one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, for both right and wrong reasons, and a prolific goal scorer – would the goals come in England or would he be another player from the Dutch League who failed to make it in the EPL? My worries were eradicated very quickly and soon replaced by a sense of excitement. Suarez was a breathe of fresh air – tricky, hungry, dangerous. I have been extremely impressed by him since he has joined Liverpool. For a player who was basically dropped in at the deep end, he has adapted to the stresses of the Premier League impeccably. His consistency has been very impressive and his strong team work ethic is there for all to see. Carroll, on the other hand, has not had as much of an impact of Suarez. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, I don't believe that Carroll was fully fit at any point since he has been at Liverpool. Secondly, Liverpool are not set up to play with Carroll at the minute. Our delivery is not good enough and any ball that was being played into Carroll was usually from centre back position which is no good to anyone. With the acquisition of a left winger and a tweak to our current formation, Carroll can play to his full potential. We got a glimpse of what Carroll can do when he scored his first Liverpool goals against Manchester City and I can't wait to see how he and Suarez link up next season.

In terms of improving the depth up front, we definitely need to buy a good striker who will fit into the team in the event that either Suarez or Carroll get injured. I am a big fan of Daniel Pacheco who impressed in his loan spell at Norwich last season and helped them towards their promotion to the Premier League. I would love Kenny Dalglish to use him as a back up striker next season but I can see him being loaned out once more. He is a great prospect and definitely one to watch for the future. There have been numerous reports linking Liverpool to Ipswich's young striker Connor Wickham but the figures that have been branded about are ridiculous in my opinion. It is hard to think of a striker who Liverpool could buy who would be content with being a back up to our new duo. It would be great to see Dalglish giving the likes of Sterling and Morgan a chance who have been prolific at both reserve and academy level.
Robert Magee
Young and aspiring journalist, creator of @OptaAnfield and a loyal Liverpool fan.

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