Liverpool need a striker to be Premier League force, says Paul Ince
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 18/01/16 5:17pm
Paul Ince believes Liverpool will become 'a Premier League force' if they buy a striker who can score 20 goals a season.
The Reds failed to score at Anfield on Sunday for the first time under Jurgen Klopp when drawing a blank in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
That was despite Liverpool having 53 per cent of the possession and 19 shots in the game, although only four of them were on target.
The ongoing injury-enforced absence of England international Daniel Sturridge, who has started just four matches this season, is a significant blow to Liverpool and Ince believes they will fail to compete until they bring in a prolific centre-forward.
"I don't think Liverpool are that far away - if you look at the Manchester United game they created lots of chances and they could have won two games with the chances they had," the former Liverpool and United midfielder told Sky Sports Now.
In that final third they're just not effective enough. I think they're missing that fox in the box, that 20-goal-a-season man.
"It's just in that final third they're just not effective enough. I think they're missing that fox in the box, that 20-goal-a-season man. They're playing some great stuff, they're pressing high and I like the way Klopp is going about trying to get Liverpool going.
"It's a work in progress. If he brings in one or two players next year then I think they'll be a force."
Ince has been impressed with the job Klopp has done since his appointment on October 8 and feels the fact he has a clear playing strategy is important, both to the squad and to the supporters.
"He brings a bit of madness, that's for sure, but I think the players love him," he said. "The jury is still out on him but I still see a lot of good in what he's trying to do at Liverpool and the fans see it, which is the most important thing.
"I think when things are stagnating, that's when there's a problem, but the fans can see that it's moving forward. I think he'll do really well at Liverpool."