Liverpool have one of the deadliest attacks of recent times. The Reds’ front three of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have been terrifying defences with regularity since they were brought together in 2017. The trio still have some time together at the top given that they’re all 28-years-old. However, the fact that the Liverpool attack were all born within nine months of each other makes transitioning a difficult task for the club.

The Liverpool attack all being the same age poses a unique problem.

The Liverpool attack all being the same age poses a unique problem. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

£97m hit squad

Liverpool signed Roberto Firmino for £29m in 2015, Sadio Mane for £34m a year later and Mo Salah for £34m a year after that.

The trio have steadily become one of the most feared attacking forces on the planet. Now Champions of Everything they will be looking to stay at the top for a few more years yet.

The chemistry between the forwards has been crucial to their success, Bobby often dropping deep to leave space for his two teammates to carve into the opposition defence. They have been unstoppable under Klopp.

Same school year

Bobby Firmino was born in October 1991, Mo Salah in June ’92 and Sadio Mane in April ’92 – meaning that England they would have all been in the same school year.

This isn’t an incredibly common theme in football but not surprising given that FSG have sought to focus on buying players of under the age of 28 since they took over the club.

Whilst their age likely has little bearing on just why they play so well together it could have some impact on the club’s plans for the future.


Tricky transition

Liverpool having a front three born within nine months of each other presents the club with a difficult task in the future.

The front three will be entering the twilight of their careers at the same time, meaning they will need replacing at roughly the same time.

This presents the club with a pretty decisive switch as opposed to a gradual transition.

It would be easier for the squad if one of the players was a couple of years older, meaning a younger replacement could come in and get to grips with the players around him and vice versa before another player on the opposite flank did the same.

The Liverpool attack being the same age means that at some point three new forwards will have to take charge, this could lead to a difficult bedding in period were the chemistry isn’t entirely there.

Fingers crossed we will see our younger forwards given more responsibility before that time so that the club isn’t left in the lurch – just look what has happened at Barcelona. If the youngsters aren’t ready when the time comes then the Reds may face a big transfer window in a few years time.

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