Liverpool are set to sign a new center-forward to replace Roberto Firmino this summer, Darren Bent believes.
The Brazilian striker’s starting place is in jeopardy due to the impact of Diogo Jota, who scored 12 goals in 24 appearances in his debut season at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Firmino has managed just six goals this season, with Liverpool battling for a place in the top four, less than a year after winning a first Premier League title in 30 years.
The Reds have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in recent months – and Bent insists Liverpool need to call in a striker before the 2020/21 campaign begins.
He told talkSPORT: “I know at one point in his hold-up and the way he got players into the game, people were making excuses for him for his poor return goal.
“But now it’s time to bring someone in. He could play as No.10, but then you have to remove one of the midfielder’s legs. [Jordan] Henderson, [Georginio] Wijnaldum, Fabinho. Where will it fit?
“So now you have to go out and get another center forward. Someone who has the pedigree, the caliber to score goals and do everything else.
“Maybe it’s time for Firmino to play someone’s second violin. There were a few seasons where he was really good, he won the league, he was brilliant.
“But you can already see he’s starting to slow down a bit.”