With a disappointing and draining season for both players and fans soon coming to an end, it’s time to look to the future and what Liverpool can do in the transfer market this summer to avoid a repeat of this season. It is evident one position Liverpool need to target is up front, specifically a striker. That man could very well be Torino’s Andrea Belotti.
The 27 year-old Italian striker is a goal machine scoring 104 goals in 222 appearances for Torino since his arrival from Palmero in 2015. Belotti has reached double figures in each season since arriving at Torino with his most impressive season coming in 2016-17 when he scored 25 league goals. The Calcinate born forward has also been capped 32 times for Italy scoring 12 goals.
According to Tuttosport in Italy, Liverpool are interested in bringing the striker to Anfield this summer. Given his goal scoring record it is no surprise Belotti has also garnered attention from other Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Tottenham.
Liverpool’s back to back 1-1 draws against Leeds and Newcastle further highlighted something fans have been aware of for some time. When the Reds regular starting forwards are not scoring and squandering chances, then Liverpool find it difficult to see out games. It seemed like Diogo Jota was that outlet but recent games show that Jota has caught the bad form of the players around him. No doubt Jota will escape this rut but the same is unclear for the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Roberto Firmino is still a massively important player for Liverpool but it is clear that his time as a goal scorer has ended and he could serve the team better in a different area of the pitch. In his defence, Firmino is not a striker but adjusted well to the false nine role. Unfortunately this role also requires goals which have been missing from the Brazilians locker for some time.
A player like Andrea Belotti could be the missing piece of the puzzle Liverpool need to kick themselves back into gear for the coming season. Adjustments not only have to be considered in regards to players brought in but also in the system and tactics Liverpool currently play under.
Liverpool need a striker to play as a striker not a false nine or on the wing. Great players can always adjust but in the case of a man like Belotti who scores for fun, it may be best to play the position which suits a quality goal scorer the best.
The links with Andrea Belotti are far from concrete at this time but it may be one to keep an eye on. If not the Italian, purchasing another striker with a similar record is imperative for the Reds this summer.