Damon Savenelli discusses what makes Liverpool’s attacking lineup as good or better than any team in the league.
Some of last season’s noteworthy score-lines include: Liverpool 5-4 Norwich City, Liverpool 6-1 Southampton, Liverpool 4-1 Manchester City, and Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund. Last season it became clear that under Klopp, Liverpool’s attack had become revolutionized. With new additions to the squad, the Reds’ attack has become even stronger.
Last season the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, and Divock Origi provided the squad with most of the firepower. The duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho played a huge role.
Firmino is either deployed as a false nine, on the wing, or plays at number ten right behind the striker. Firmino often bests his opponents with his great technical ability and this was most apparent last season in Liverpool’s Europa league clash against Villarreal. Fans are hoping that Firmino can get his goal tally into double digits, similar to last season. Coutinho on the other hand, is deployed either on the wing, or in attacking midfield. The Brazilian possesses a great long shot and free kick ability. On his day, Coutinho is one of the best attacking midfielders in the league.
Two other attackers that played a large role in the Reds’ high-octane attack last season are Divock Origi and Adam Lallana. The latter is often played in the central attacking midfield role and links the attack well with his smart passing and can also knock in a few goals. Origi on the other hand, can be considered one of the best young strikers in the league. Blessed with both pace and power, the Belgian uses these attributes to get in behind the defence, and bag goals. Origi was able to provide Liverpool with some crucial goals last season, and fans are expecting big things from the 21 year old.
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Next up, Daniel Sturridge. The 26 year old is once again in the midst of an injury issue, as he missed Sunday’s game with a hip injury. When fit, the Englishman is one of the best strikers in the country. The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward has one of the best goalscoring records in Liverpool’s history. Fans will be hoping Sturridge will be back to spearhead the attack soon.
Finally, possibly the most exciting attacker in the squad, Sadio Mané. The 34 million pound signing from Southampton has already shown why he was brought in. The Senegalese international possesses lightning quick pace and is very powerful. He was brought in by Klopp in order to provide some speed in attack, and has certainly showcased his ability to beat a man. His goal this past weekend against Arsenal shows exactly what he is capable of.
When all of these players are fit and in form Liverpool have one of the most deadly attacks in the league. Balanced between pace, power, and technical ability, the Reds possess plenty of firepower. This past weekend was hopefully a sign of things to come from the Reds. Liverpool’s current attack will hopefully provide plenty of goals, and propel the Reds to a memorable season.