By 90Min
February 13, 2019

Michael Owen believes the form of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will make it difficult for Jurgen Klopp to bring in an additional top quality forward in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The deadly trio have scored 44 goals between them this season in all competitions, in addition to the 91 goals combined last season. Liverpool trail only Manchester City as the league's top scorers, with the Citizens scoring a whopping 74 to the Reds' 59.

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Despite this, recruitment in forward positions may soon be needed with Daniel Sturridge's contract expiring in the summer, as well as the recent departure of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth leaving Divock Origi as the only other recognised first-team centre-forward in the squad.

The sheer ruthlessness, consistency and goalscoring ability of the frontline at Anfield has led Michael Owen to believe it will be difficult to attract a forward of high calibre in the summer to play a bit-part role at the club.

The former Liverpool and England striker told Goal: "It is so much easier if you’re a scout or you’re in the recruitment department of any other club bar the top six.

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"I mean, where do you go? How do you go and target someone, and they say ‘am I going to start?’ and you have to say ‘no, Salah will start or Mane will start’?

“You can’t go and get an absolute top player, unless they only have a couple of years left in their career. Or you go and buy the next young thing and maybe bleed him in for a year or so. To go and get someone in the guts of their career, at 24 or 25, that’s so hard, and that’s the only player that can really improve teams like this one.

“I know it’s a dream for everyone [to sign world-class players] but it’s so hard to improve your team if you are in the top six, unless you’re not happy with one of your players and you look to replace them. But Liverpool have a great front three, and so if they’re going to buy, it would more likely be one of the options I mentioned.”


Liverpool currently sit second in the league behind Manchester City due to their superior goal difference. While the two clubs challenge for the title this season, Sergio Agüero is level with Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 17 goals each. 

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