Ever since Brendan Rodgers has been appointed as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club, there has been a lot of noise about the tiki-taka brand of football that he promises or supposedly shall bring to the gates of Anfield.
Mere intention will not be enough for Rodgers, though, and he desperately will need to freshen things up in terms of personnel if he wants to implement his philosophy successfully.
One of the departments he needs to strengthen is the forward line in which case he should buy an out-and-out striker. Before we indulge in running through the names of some of the marquee strikers that will fit in Rodgers' system I would like to touch upon somethings that Rodgers has said through his life.
"I hear people talking about working hard but for me it is an obligation—it's not a choice. We all work hard in our everyday lives as people and for players it is no different. It is quite simple. You come in and do a hard day's work. You make sure in training and on match days you come in and you can take your top off and wring it out and it will be soaking wet."
He clearly wants all his players to be extremely hard workers. It is not just some random desire even, it is the crux that makes it possible for him to go ahead and make his plans sustainable. Here is how (h/t The Guardian):
“The only time we rest is when we have the ball. When we haven’t got the ball is the moment for intense pressure to get the ball back. But you can’t go for 90 minutes, so in order to recuperate and conserve energy, we’ll do that sometimes by building our way through the game.”
Retaining possession is clearly imperative for such a game plan. Pressuring the opponents to retrieve ball possession is also a must. Keeping an eye out for these qualities in strikers who can score goals regularly that the Reds need in abundance, let us start-off with the list.