Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Comments on Adding Another Strker

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

Liverpool F.C. manager Brendan Rodgers listens to a question during a news conference prior to team practice at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in preparation for their friendly soccer match against A.S. Roma scheduled for Wednesday. (AP Photo)
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Liverpool got their Premier League season off to a rousing start on Saturday thanks to their 2-1 win over Southampton, but Brendan Rodgers has outlined that further attacking additions may arrive this summer.

Despite the victory over Ronald Koeman's side, Luis Suarez's absence and the lack of energy up front that comes with that was noticeable.

In his post-match comments, per Sky Sports, Rodgers said:

I do still think we need another striker. It is something that we will look at but that will depend on the availability of one. Sunday was about winning and we got there. So we will search for that through to the end of the window but you see the players, the quality that we have.

Daniel Sturridge will be looked upon as the inevitable source of goals the Merseysiders can rely upon with Suarez now at Barcelona, and the England international started his campaign by scoring the winner on Saturday.

For Rodgers, it's an encouraging sight for his remaining talisman up front to be hitting the back of net in clutch circumstances, and he went on to praise Sturridge's display:

For Daniel, it was just a continuation, showing he can get goals. That is 36 goals in 50 appearances which is (almost) the best of any striker in Liverpool's history. That shows the level he is at. He always looks like he will score. It was a poacher's goal, one of those where you anticipate a knockdown.

However, even if Sturridge is to be looked upon as the central outlet up top, Liverpool need options if they are to come full circle and once again number among the European elite.

Rickie Lambert has been brought in from Southampton as a fairly low-key acquisition this summer, but superstar targets remain on Rodgers' radar, with beIN Sports reporting that moves for Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani are still being worked on:

The Merseysiders also opted to sign Divock Origi from Lille and in truth may now be regretting their decision to loan the 19-year-old back to his Ligue 1 point of origin.

Suarez's is clearly a goal tally that needs replacing, too, as Squawka depicts just how crucial his scoring was en route to their second-place Premier League finish:

It's also not surprising that, as a result of the Uruguayan's departure, Rodgers has opted to invest heavily in his defence, too, considering Suarez sits as something of a unique scoring talent.

As such, the method of thinking would be that if one is unable to fill the scoring void, it's therefore best to shore up the back line, Rodgers adding the likes of Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo to his defensive ranks this summer.

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For the Reds, we can expect to see a more encompassing and unified approach this season. Granted, the exit of such an influential figure has clear negatives, but the club may yet emerge as a more banded outfit because of it.

Whoever Rodgers does sign in the remaining fortnight of the transfer window, it's vital that they bring a real first-team threat, not settling for mediocrity, as has been the case in years gone by.

With that last piece to the puzzle potentially closing in, Liverpool may hope to see brighter days with a setup not so reliant upon one marvel in particular.