Graeme Souness has claimed Liverpool may "live to regret" not adding another striker with Divock Origi struggling to make the grade.
The former Liverpool man's words came after the Belgian played in the Reds' 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Jurgen Klopp's front three picks itself with Origi often his first back-up should one of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane be unavailable.
But Souness has hit out at Origi and highlighted the drop off that occurs when he comes into the side.
A credible attacking alternative to their front three is a potential addition they will consider this summer having already missed out on Timo Werner.
And Souness maintains they need better options in attack.
“I’ve been in this situation. You just drop that intensity by one or two per cent. Liverpool, you can see they’ve said before the game, let’s try and get the tempo up,” he told Sky Sports.
“There’s that yard that is missing in the final third. I think they’re missing Firmino. Liverpool are world champions, Champions League winners, and Premier League champions, I’m disappointed they’ve not bought another striker.
“When you don’t play one of that three – with Origi, it’s a fair drop in quality. I think they might live to regret that.
“I hope I’m wrong, I hope they end up buying someone for when those three don’t play. Firmino links everything. From back to front, he seems to link everything.”
In the previous two seasons Mane, Salah and Firmino have combined for 156 goals and 55 assists.
Origi has only managed 12 goals in the past two years, although some of those have been crucial.
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