Liverpool have a mountain to climb in order to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The Reds could have taken control of their group against Red Star Belgrade, but the Serbian champions shocked the world after netting two first-half goals. Liverpool had no answer and never looked like getting back into the game. Things could have been much different if Daniel Sturridge had converted a chance in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Sturridge’s impact off the bench this season has been massive, but the former England international still looks out of place in Liverpool’s starting XI. The former Chelsea forward doesn’t give Jurgen Klopp the pressing of Roberto Firmino, and he no longer possesses blistering pace which was once his biggest asset. Klopp has opted to use Mohamed Salah as the central striker at times with Firmino in the hole, however, the Egyptian has struggled against some of the Premier League’s more physical defenders at times.
To bolster his forward line, Klopp should line up a move for Benfica forward – Luka Jovic – in January. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the Serbian is currently on loan with Bundesliga side Frankfurt and has been scoring for fun in Germany. Jovic has ten goals in all competitions already this season and became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score five goals in one game.
The youngster leads the line expertly and would be a massive upgrade on Divock Origi at Anfield. The Belgian has struggled for form in the last two years and should be offloaded to make room for Jovic. The 20-year-old is still improving and developing; working with Klopp could help him take his game to the next level.
Frankfurt have the option to make his stay permanent, but Liverpool must attempt to lure him to Merseyside.
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