After Liverpool beat West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday, Pablo Zabaleta praised the Reds’ attackers.
Emre Can opened the scoring in the first half with a well-taken header at a corner before Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane put the game to bed after the interval as Jurgen Klopp’s side turned on the style to go second in the Premier League for a day.
Although there is no denying that West Ham were very poor on the day, it’s just as tough to ignore the brilliance up front for Liverpool. Salah, Firmino and Mane have 76 goals and assists combined this season with it pretty clear now they’re all intent on besting their own personal records this season.
Salah is enjoying his best goalscoring return ever, Firmino has equalled his best season in the Bundesliga while Mane has matched the 13 goals he scored last season for the Reds.
The incredible goalscoring return of the trio is widely recognised and after the match at Anfield, West Ham right-back Pablo Zabaleta commented on how difficult it is to play Liverpool at the moment.
“It was tough, Anfield is always a tough place to come,” Zabaleta said. “They were better. I thought in the first half we were good, we had a good few chances, but in the second half we were not good enough.
“They are a team that are intense, they keep going forward and have quality up front.
“They are so direct and they make the runs in behind. They create chances playing that way and they can score goals.”
Perhaps in a bid to save face, Zabaleta pointed out that Liverpool have been rampant against all opponents. In fact, since Klopp took over in 2015, his side has scored 4+ goals on 26 different occasions.
Zabaleta said: “It is not only against West Ham – we have seen they can score more than two or three goals against top sides.
“It is always hard any time you come here. I think they are a really good team to be honest.”
When the Argentine was asked how Liverpool’s current front three compares to the forward line of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, he responded: “They are good. Look at Suarez now playing at Barcelona, Sterling at Man City, Sturridge having problems with injuries.
“Those three guys up front now are in a really good moment. They are difficult to play against. They don’t give a point of reference, they are so mobile. They are good players. In the second half, we gave them too many chances.”