By Dominic Toner

Danny Higginbotham claims that Liverpool need to consider buying a target man in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has deployed a three-man attacking line for the majority of the season and used technical players in the advanced areas.

Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been the preferred trio, while the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have also filled in.

However, the Reds are lacking a focal point in their attack and that is something that has worked against them this campaign.

The Merseyside club are unbeaten in league games against the top six teams, but struggle more against the lesser opponents in the division.

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Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham believes that Liverpool should consider a forward target in the summer to give them an added dimension.

“When the Reds have Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi as their attacking targets, most teams would fancy their chances of defending crosses against them,” Higginbotham wrote in his column for the Sun. ”It does not mean Liverpool should go for long balls — but maybe they do need to have an option and a target who could be more effective.

“That is what manager Jurgen Klopp must consider getting this summer.”

Liverpool suffered a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton on Sunday and missed out on the chance to consolidate their top four position.

The Reds still have their destiny in their own hands, but may need to win their final two fixtures to guarantee a return to the Champions League for next season.

Klopp’s side lacked creativity at the weekend and were unable to break down a solid Saints defence, but Higginbotham’s advice of a target man could prove effective in the future.

In other Liverpool news, a BBC pundit has delivered a critical assessment of the club’s attackers.

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