LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Liverpool is being linked with a move for West Bromwich striker Saido Berahino, but Sky Sports pundit and former club captain Phil Thompson believes the club needs bigger names to solve its scoring problems.
The departure of Luis Suarez and injury to Daniel Sturridge have slowed the Reds’ free scoring attack from the past season, with summer recruits Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli struggling to adjust under the playing style of Brendan Rodgers.
It is believed that Liverpool is leading the race to sign frontman Berahino for £20m in the January transfer window, but Thompson doesn’t believe the England Under-21 international is the answer.
“I would not like to think that Berahino is their prime target as a striker,” Thompson said. “Yes Liverpool do need one with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.
“Rodgers likes his forwards to have pace. You see Raheem Sterling currently playing as an out-and-our centre forward, and he has done very well, but maybe he does not possess that finishing quality of Berahino.
“I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like [Napoli’s] Gonzalo Higuain and [Paris Saint-Germain’s] Ezequiel Lavezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure.
“So for me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude.”
Liverpool, who finished second in the English Premier League, is currently sitting in 8th — 17 points behind leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.