Liverpool head into 2021 at the top of the Premier League but things are far from perfect. The Reds drew their final two games of 2020 and in disappointing fashion.
The last game saw the Reds fail to score against a Newcastle United team with a terrible defensive record. Liverpool actually created chances in that one but couldn’t finish to save their lives.
And that came on the back of an equally disappointing draw against West Brom. It featured the opposite problem, funnily enough – they couldn’t create.
Liverpool’s lack of goals handed points to their opponents but these two games aren’t the only times we’ve seen it happen.
Liverpool now lead the league in draws, after all. And their away record is terrible, with just two wins.
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It’s all heading one way and it will surely mean Liverpool take the ultimate plunge in 2021.
Liverpool’s success is largely built on their front-three. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been formidable over the last three years, leading the Reds to glory all over the world.
But they don’t look sharp this season. Too often, they’ve struggled to score or create, costing points.
Diogo Jota’s arrival and subsequent explosion took some pressure off but with him out, the struggles are there to se.
Such struggles don’t mean Liverpool need to bin all three off and start again – that would be ridiculous. But it does appear that ‘the front-three’ will be a thing of the past after this season.
Ageing players will force Liverpool to sign younger stars to replace them soon. That puts Mane, Firmino and Salah at risk as it is. But you can add the needs of the team, too.
Liverpool need more inventiveness and quality up top. They can’t keep struggling to break teams down through a lack of that.
Thus is makes complete sense to go big on a superstar attacker. Maybe Jadon Sancho? Or Erling Haaland? Dare we suggest Kylian Mbappe?
That’s the kind of quality Liverpool have to look for if they want to move forward. You can argue that they could have done so over the last two years but the quality of the front-three made it a risk not worth taking.
We’re not sure we can say that anymore.
The next-generation is on its way and it will almost certainly bring an end to the fabled front-three. You’re not spending on a superstar and to put them on the bench.
It would be a massive and brave thing to do after all the success they’ve brought. But watching these last two games, it’s something Liverpool need to do.