Kenny Dalglish needs to buy a proven goal scorer for Liverpool
Sharethematch.com looks at Liverpool's under-performing strikers this season and the Reds' need for a goal scorer
Liverpool need a proven goal scorer
Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has come out with a huge statement ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday – Liverpool need to buy a striker.
Luis Suárez has 11 Premier League goals this season – not overly impressive but adequate for a second striker – although without last weekend’s hat-trick against Norwich City it would have looked much worse.
Then there’s Craig Bellamy – a good player but has never been a regular goal scorer – who has chipped in with six this season which is one more than perennially injured Liverpool captain Stevie Gerrard.
Former Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll has scored an underwhelming four league goals this year – the same amount as Andrew Surman, Leighton Baines, Joe Allen, Chris Eagles – and one more than Gary Caldwell.
So Molby is right, it looks like Liverpool do need a goal scorer.
But there is a curse of Anfield going around the Premier League for players once attributed to the club.
Fernando Torres has six goals, including his hat-trick last week against Queens Park Rangers and his fall from grace has been well documented.
Formerly free-scoring David N’Gog is struggling to find the net at free-flowing Bolton Wanderers – his haul of three goals represents a veritable famine.
And of course there is Aston Villa’s Emile Heskey, who has netted just once.
In fact the only ex-Liverpool man to have any sort of goal form is January QPR signing Djibril Cisse – but his disciplinary record has taken away from his goal scoring exploits at Loftus Road.
West Ham cannot afford to be complacent
With Welshman Jack Collison bagging two goals for West Ham in a 2-0 win at Cardiff, the Hammers appear to have one foot in the Championship play-off final, but Sam Allardyce should know better than to be eyeing a trip to Wembley already.
Firstly, the Hammers’ form at Upton Park this season has been well-documented and until they thrashed Brighton 6-0 last month, they hadn’t won at home in seven matches.
Secondly, Cardiff will not be giving up without a fight.
Away goals do not come into the equation in the play-offs so they don’t have to go hell for leather at West Ham – they just have to score two more than their opponents.
And thirdly, Allardyce has been in this position before when he was in charge of Blackpool many seasons ago.
Back in 1996, Allardyce guided the Tangerines to a 2-0 win in the first play-off leg at Bradford, only to go down 3-0 in the return leg and subsequently lose his job.