Jan Molby has claimed Liverpool should not be worried after losing Memphis Depay to Manchester United, as he believes only a goal-scoring central striker will help the Reds solve their goal scoring problems.
The Dutch international will join Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after United agreed terms with PSV Eindhoven for the transfer of the star forward. Before the 20-times English champions agreed a deal with PSV, he was attracting interest from the Merseyside club and Paris Saint-Germain.
PSV sporting director Marcel Brands earlier admitted that Brendan Rodgers' side were ahead of their arch rivals in chasing Depay. However, it was United who managed to beat Liverpool in securing the 21-year-old's services.
Meanwhile, Molby said that losing Depay to United should not be a concern as Liverpool's priority should be signing a striker, especially after another injury setback to Daniel Sturridge.
"Depay wasn't exactly what we need. Liverpool need a central striker, a goalscorer," Molby told the Liverpool Echo.
"I wouldn't get carried away with Manchester United signing Memphis Depay, a player we were supposedly targeting. He's a wide man, not a striker, and got his goals while playing for the best team in Holland – so this isn't something to be too disappointed about."
"He's a typical Dutch wide man, he has real pace and ability to take on people. He also has good technique and is a set-piece specialist but I'm not convinced he's going to transfer his goalscoring into the Premier League."
"Of course, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Luis Suarez scored in the Eredivisie and then the Premier League, but not everybody does."
"Last season proved if you get a centre forward who can take pressure off everyone, others – Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho – will follow with goals and everyone benefits."
"We have to assume it is difficult to rely on Daniel Sturridge, he's had a difficult season and now he is recovering from a hip operation."
"For five months we convinced ourselves everything would change when he came back, but nothing in football is that easy. You can't be wanting the top four and yet waiting for a player to come back. Get a striker who is fit, proven at the top level and the rest will follow," the former Liverpool midfielder concluded.