Liverpool must aim for the next Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino in the summer, says former Reds striker Michael Owen.
The former Anfield hitman says it will be impossible for coach Jürgen Klopp to improve on his fearsome first three places. Therefore, he must target the best emerging attackers from across Europe.
Liverpool strikers are feared throughout football as the Reds prepare to continue their Champions League campaign against Bayern Munich next week.
But with Daniel Sturridge out of the race soon, Divock Origi likely to leave and Dominic Solanke already gone, Klopp will have to rely on Salah, Mane and Firmino if Liverpool wants to continue terrorizing the defense next season.
Former England international Owen says the Liverpool coach has to sign either "the next boy thing" or an experienced striker just before the end of his career.
With Klopp's attempt to build a team that can spend years honoring a young, exciting striker would be the best choice for club and fans.
"It's so much easier if you're a scout or in the recruitment department of another club bar in the top six," Owen told Goal.
"I mean, where are you going? How can you target someone and tell them, & # 39; i start? & # 39; And you have to say, "No, Salah starts, or Mane starts?"
"You can not become an absolute top player unless you only have a few more years in your career.
"Or you go and buy the next young thing and maybe blow it for a year or so.
"Getting someone in the stomach at the age of 24 or 25 is so difficult, and that's the only player who can truly improve a team like this.
"I know it's a dream for all (to make world-class players), but it's so hard to improve your team when you're in the top six, unless you're not happy with one of your players and want to replace you.
"But Liverpool has a good front three, and when it comes to buying, this would probably be one of the options I've mentioned."
Liverpool's players have been in a warm weather break in Spain as they do not make a decision this weekend due to their defeat in the FA Cup against the Wolves last month.
The Reds will be back in action in the Champions League next Tuesday when they play Bayern Munich at Anfield in their first knockout round.
Afterwards, Jurgen Klopps team visited Old Trafford on Sunday for a clash with Manchester United, who could be crucial for the title race of the Premier League.