'Recurring theme' - Redknapp pinpoints Liverpool problem area, highlights two players
By Aramide Oladipo
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has blasted his former side’s attacking display following their draw against Burnley in the Premier League and claimed that the team “need a ruthless goalscorer”.
The Merseyside club produced a 1-1 draw at Anfield against Sean Dyche’s men despite registering a total of 35 attempts on goal throughout the 90 minutes.
The Reds only managed to hit the target on nine occasions as Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope produced a string a fine saves to earn the visitors a point on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool failed to show their clinical side in the midweek Champions League match as Sevilla managed to record a 2-2 draw on Merseyside despite the hosts dominating for the majority of the game.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp believes that Liverpool’s main issue lies in attack and he feels that forwards Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge need to improve in front of goal.
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“Liverpool may have issues at the back but what really concerned me was their inability to kill off Burnley,” he wrote.
“You are not going to get a golden boot contender from this side. But against teams like Burnley who defend resolutely, Liverpool need a ruthless goalscorer to put the game to bed.
“I do not see the same selfish streak in players like Firmino while Daniel Sturridge is lacking in confidence.
“This is a recurring theme for Jurgen Klopp.
“If they cannot convert their dominance into goals, the Premier League title remains a distant ambition.”
Firmino has enjoyed a fine start to the season, contributing with two goals and two assists in all competitions but he missed a crucial penalty against Sevilla in midweek which allowed them to get back into the game.
Sturridge has only notched up one goal this season but the match against Burnley was the first time in which he managed to complete the full 90 minutes.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful that the two forwards can become more ruthless in front of goal as the season progresses.
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