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‘Mane, Salah and Firmino are Liverpool’s best ever front-three… but they still need to sign a striker,’ John Barnes tells talkSPORT

Liverpool legend John Barnes has hailed Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino because the Reds’ best ever entrance trio, but still believes the membership need to sign a world class striker.

Mane, Salah and Firmino have been at their horrifying best as Liverpool thumped Porto 5-0 to put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday evening, with the Senegal ace netting his first Reds hat-trick.

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Jurgen Klopp’s attacking superstars have scored 63 targets between them this season, with Salah totting up 30 targets alone in his debut marketing campaign.

Barnes says they are arguably the best attacking line-up he has seen on the membership, but has argued that Klopp’s aggressive enjoying fashion ought to get as a lot credit score for his or her kind because the gamers themselves.

“I feel they are [the best], but for me I feel it’s principally down to the supervisor and the best way they play,” he instructed the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“The approach Liverpool play fits a front-three like that. I don’t assume Salah would do as effectively enjoying in a Man United staff due to the best way Mourinho units him staff up. I feel you are a reflection of how the supervisor desires you to play.

“I feel the front-three have a lot to be thankful for, for having a supervisor like Jurgen Klopp.

“Liverpool are bearing the fruit of the belief they have put in Klopp, as a result of the staff is beginning have the appropriate steadiness, that can solely get higher when Naby Keita is available in in the summertime.”

But Barnes believes the Reds still need a confirmed centre-forward to shut to hole on Manchester City and the opposite Premier League title contenders.

“They need better all-round players,” the previous Kop star added.

“The front-three are nice, but I don’t really feel that they are essentially going to proceed to do that for the following two or three years.

“Salah will not be a centre ahead, I don’t assume he’s a participant who can rating targets constantly over a time period. We don’t have gamers like that.

“We have gamers like Salah and Mane and, though Mane scored a hat-trick in opposition to Porto, they are not out-and-out goalscorers.

“So, as humorous as it could appear, I feel if they might get a centre ahead, a penalty field participant and play Firmino barely deeper, I feel it will likely be higher for the steadiness of the staff.

“Yes, we’re scoring lots of goals but can we see Mane and Salah continuing to score this amount of goals on a regular basis? I think we need to get better individual players now.”

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