Phil Thompson has urged Liverpool to secure a deal to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Thompson, aged 60, who won the European Cup with the club in the 1970’s, has stated that Brendan Rodgers must forget about Saido Berahino, and land Lavezzi instead.
Berahino has previously been linked with a £23 million move from West Bromwich Albion, though Thompson does not hope that he is Liverpool’s prime target this January.
Thompson said: “I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker.
“Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.
“Brendan Rodgers likes his forwards to have pace. You see Raheem Sterling currently playing as an out-and-out centre forward, and he has done very well, but maybe he does not possess the finishing quality of Berahino.
“I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Lavezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure.
“For me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude.”
by Ben Reardon