MLS-bound Kop idol says, “To get into the top four, you are going to need someone who can score 25-30 goals a season - that is just the way it is".
Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool’s owners they need to invest in a world class striker to get back to the top.
Skipper Gerrard will leave Anfield probably for the final time as a player on Saturday night concerned about the future of a club he has served with distinction since his debut 17 years ago.
He believes the Reds are in the right hands with manger Brendan Rodgers.
But after two heart-breaking semi-final defeats this year and the devastation of missing out on Champions League qualification in his final season playing for the club he loves, he feels the time has come for them to buy ready-made talent, not potential.
“To get into the top four, you are going to need a striker who can score 25-30 goals a season. That is just the way it is. That is where we came short this season,” he said.
“It was always going to be tough when we lost Luis Suarez [sold to Barcelona last summer], but I thought we could definitely finish in the top four positions if we kept Daniel Sturridge fit and he could perform like he did alongside Luis.
“I don’t want to stand on the owners or Brendan’s toes – I am just speaking as a fan. But that is what we need to do. I wouldn’t buy any more potential in the short-term. I would buy players that are ready to come and fight and win and be successful.”
For Gerrard, as for long-time teammate and pal Jamie Carragher, that means a simple solution – finding a world-class striker.
The 34-year-old has been at the top so long he knows what is coming next season, and he believes Liverpool have to respond by going head to head with the financial giants of the Premier League.
The Reds’ owners have tried to pursue a sensible policy of cutting spiralling wage costs and finding talent with huge potential, but their captain is signing off before he departs for MLS side LA Galaxy by saying: “Teams are getting stronger and better year in year out.Come the summer, you’re going to see four or five teams spending big again.
"It’s going to be interesting what happens over the next few years. The important thing for the future is that we keep trying to attract world class players that can help contribute to success. That is how you win games and tournaments. It is as simple as that.
“I think we have got the right owners in charge, the right manager; I think there is a core of potential. The important thing for me – and this is my opinion – that if you can add some players to that who are ready.”
While Gerrard wants to see a finished-article big name signed in the summer, he also warned Manchester City target contract-rebel Raheem Sterling that if he forces a way out of Anfield, he could ruin his career by wanting too much too soon.
“The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and chase it, andd become just one of a number at another club,” he insisted.
“He has the right manager at Liverpool – I think he should sign a new deal.”