Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are the talk of Liverpool right now. The two have been firing in goals for Liverpool at will this season and helping propel the club to the dizzy heights of the Premier League. What would happen then if one of Suarez or Sturridge gets injured or suspended for a long time?
In all fairness, Sturridge started the season off without Suarez as a partner as the Liverpool number seven was serving his ten match ban, and Sturridge played well during that time. On the other side, Suarez has managed to cope well on his own even before Sturridge was at the club. So if one of them is not there, you can be sure that the remaining striker will still be able to find the back of the net. But as they say, two is better than one, and I would much rather have both of them on the field.
But if Liverpool are going to continue pushing for a top four finish and hopefully compete well in the Champions League next season, we will need a good strong squad which means, at least four good strikers at our disposal. Currently we have Suarez, Sturridge and Aspas as the recognised strikers. Aspas has not covered himself in much glory yet at Anfield but this is only his first season at the club so hopefully he will get better and be able to replicate his Celta Vigo form. Which means that we are still a striker short in order to make it four.
Brendan Rodgers has said that Fabio Borini still has a future at Liverpool even though he is currently out on loan at Sunderland.
“Fabio is a young player who has been unfortunate, really. He came in and he got injured early on. He was out for a period of time and so it was difficult. That first year for a lot of players at a big club is difficult.
“He was a player who I felt needed games. He’s got talent and you saw that with his goal the other day. His quality cutting in and his touch and strike was brilliant. I know him very well. He’s a young player that needs to get experience of games.
“I just felt this year, with us having limited games outside of the league, that I had players, especially the young ones, who weren’t going to play so much. I needed to plan forward in order to get these players to maximise their potential for Liverpool.
“Sometimes that will mean going out and getting games. And with the likes of Fabio, that’s why he’s gone to Sunderland, to get some game time there. He’s definitely got a future here. He’s a talented young player and one who, over the next few years, will hopefully develop well.”
So does all this mean that Borini could be the fourth striker we need in our squad? I know some fans have not been happy with Borini since his arrival from Roma for a reported £10.5 million fee. The 22-year old striker has been plagued by injuries during his time at Liverpool and also being forced to play out wide. Borini is a central striker and the day Rodgers figures that out and plays him there, we will see better returns from the striker. So by Rodgers saying that Borini still has a future at Liverpool, it goes to show that hopefully he will know what to do with him, and where to play him, when he returns from his loan spell.