Liverpool must sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to solve their goalscoring problems, according to Anfield icon John Aldridge.

Aldridge scored 63 goals in 103 games for The Reds during a two-year spell between 1987 and 1989 helping the club to the Division One title and the FA Cup in consecutive seasons.

However, a lack of goals, just 40 in 34 league games, is restricting their domestic progression, but Aldridge believes the addition of the out-of-favour Madrid striker could solve the club's problems.

"If the Reds had someone who could convert the countless chances they have created then the team would be a lot further up the table," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"Kenny Dalglish and the Liverpool hierarchy are well aware of this and know that they need to break the bank to find that goalscorer.

"You feel that a top side needs to have three or four strikers they can rotate. Certainly Liverpool need a goalscorer.

Gonzalo Higuain
Liverpool should sign Gonzalo Higuain according to John Aldridge. Reuters

"I don't know who the club may have in mind but I like the look of Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid. He doesn't play an awful lot at the Bernabeu but he would be brilliant for us.

"But would he come? Would Real release him? And how much would be cost?"

Dalglish's side endured further problems in front of goal in defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, as 28 attempts on goal could not yield that decisive strike, with Peter Odemwingie snatching the winner 15 minutes from time.

Liverpool's issues have been emphasised by Luis Suarez's eight-game FA ban and the form of Andy Carroll who despite scoring late winners in recent weeks against Blackburn Rovers and Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, has endured a torrid campaign netting eight times in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Despite not being first choice at the Bernabeu, Higuain has scored 21 goals in 16 La Liga starts for Jose Mourinho's league leaders, who after defeating Barcelona on Saturday are closing in on their first domestic title for four years.

The 24-year-old, who missed much of last season with a back problem, has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past, with Mourinho's instance on fielding Karim Benzema alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria, restricting Higuain's opportunities.