LIVERPOOL FC’S players have scored only one more Premier League goal this season than Robin van Persie.
It’s an alarming statistic that explains why Arsenal are now 10 points clear of the Anfield outfit in the race for Champions League qualification.
Van Persie’s double strike was a shining example of how a dead-eye, clinical striker can transform an otherwise ordinary, unspectacular team.
How Liverpool could do with a forward hungry to prove his worth and who has previously boasted a fine track record in English football.
Playing devil’s advocate, someone like Fernando Torres perhaps?
Alas, that particular boat may have already sailed.
So too Liverpool’s hopes for a top-four finish, with the league campaign now in danger of drifting should Kenny Dalglish’s side suffer any further setbacks in the next few weeks.
Van Persie now has 25 Premier League goals. Liverpool, taking away four own goals, have 26.
The opposition is in fact the third-highest scorer for Dalglish’s men, two behind Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy.
Of course, it doesn’t help that Liverpool keep missing penalties, Dirk Kuyt’s weekend failure being his second of the season and the team’s sixth, equalling their worst-ever record for a single campaign.
But luck, as Dalglish lamented, has nothing to do with it. So many misses, along with 21 efforts against the woodwork, suggest Liverpool need more shooting practice or a new striker.
The truth is they probably need both. But whether Fenway Sports Group will readily hand over another £20million or so for a forward remains to be seen.http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/sport/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2012/03/09/ian-doyle-robin-van-persie-has-scored-just-one-less-league-goal-than-liverpool-fc-this-season-99623-30481895/?
Another indication of just how desperately short of goals we have been this season. We simply must sign a finisher in the Summer window, we must.