Liverpool manager’s awful recruitment of strikers in numbers

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It’s easy to take pot-shots at managers under pressure, but where buying strikers and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is concerned, there really is nowhere to hide.

Well technically, the Northern Irishman could cower behind Daniel Sturridge, although he’ll have to leave the training field and head to the Melwood physio room to do so.

In the wake of his side’s latest flop at Hull, which finally extinguished the embers of hope that Liverpool could break the Premier League’s top four this season, the vultures are out.

Ladbrokes have placed former manager Rafael Benitez near the front of the queue to replace Rodgers on a permanent basis at 5/1, in the somewhat unlikely event the club lose patience.

After a third season left polishing the silverware rather than making space for any new arrivals, some would deem the axe as an appropriate move, while others would disagree and say he needs more time, especially having come so close to the title 12 months ago.

Whatever club owners Fenway Sports decide, it may be wise if someone else among the Anfield hierarchy is in charge of purchasing the ‘top-class strikers’ Rodgers admits Liverpool need.

Aside from pinching Sturridge off former employers Chelsea, the one shining light until his injury travails this season, our infographic reveals just how far off the mark Rodgers has been in recruiting forwards over his three-season tenure.

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Christian Crowther

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