EPL 2012-13: Can Liverpool survive with one striker?

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Can Liverpool survive with one striker?
Liverpool, Oct 18: Brendan Rodgers bid to bring those glory days back to Liverpool has hit a new low with lack of strikers. The latest set back being the injury to Italian Fabio Borini who is ruled out for three months with a fractured bone.

Borini, 23, who joined the Reds during the transfer window for £11 million from Roma, has scored just once in 11 appearances. While manager Rodgers has to now rely on lone striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan hitman has started all Premier League matches for the Anfield club. But Liverpool still search for their first home win this season, drawing 2 and losing 2.

Rodgers has been trying out many variations in the UEFA Europa League and Capital One League Cup. Young strikers Dani Pacheco, Samid Yesil and Adam Morgan have been given few chances while young wingers Suso and Raheem Sterling have been impressive since the start of the season.

The Reds failed to acquire a striker after sending £35 million Andy Carroll on loan to West Ham United. Liverpool were linked with a move for Fulham's Clint Dempsey, but the Anfield bosses failed to match the Cottagers asking price, losing the American forward to Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Uruguayan striker Suarez has started all games for the club in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has now scored five goals out of the clubs total tally of nine in seven games. An indication of how much Liverpool rely on their sole striker.

Conceding 12 goals so far, the fifth highest in the league, could be another problem for Rodgers as his defence looked shaky in every game. The Reds have conceded in all matches except for their previous encounter with Stoke City at Anfield, which ended 0-0.

Liverpool have no options but to wait until the January transfer window re-opens but can they survive until then with Suarez alone upfront? Reds boss Rodgers has an option of converting a midfielder into a make-shift striker but will it yield positive results?

Liverpool host Reading on Saturday while Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala visit Anfield for the Europa League clash on Friday, Oct 26.

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