Only Manchester City have scored more goals than Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
The Reds’ 59 strikes dwarfs the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Between them Mohamed Salah (28) and Roberto Firmino (19) have scored 47 goals in all competitions, with the latter really proving his doubters wrong in the final third this season.
Yet some of the club’s icons still insist Jurgen Klopp’s side need to buy an ‘out and out’ striker to challenge properly for the title.
John Aldridge, speaking to Sky Sports News, believes the missing ingredient to an even more successful season – they are currently third – is ANOTHER goalscorer.
He said: “(Roberto) Firmino is a great player but if we’d have had a spearhead goalscorer who gets you 25 or 30 goals a season who knows how far we’d have been behind Man City.”
Sure, more goals are always welcome.
But Liverpool’s flaws this season are well documented and certainly haven’t developed at the attacking end of the field.
Time and time again defensive lapses have cost them vital points, like against Tottenham on Sunday, and ultimately hampered any faint hope of pursing City at the Premier League summit.
This season they’ve scored three at Watford, three at Arsenal and three at Sevilla and still not won the game.
Aldridge’s comments too suggest an under appreciation of what Firmino brings to Klopp’s unit.
The brilliant Brazilian perfectly embodies his manager’s attacking mantra, combining intelligent movement to create space for his team-mates with relentless pressing of defenders.
He’s also scored 19 goals… and it’s only February. That’s more than conventional strikers Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.
Signing another striker to either replace Firmino or move him away from his ‘false 9’ role would undeniably be detrimental to Liverpool’s overall system.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said ‘goals win you games, defences win you titles’ which couldn’t apply more to the Reds’ situation right now…
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