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'A lot of goals': Darren Bent now makes claim about Liverpool's front three after City sign Haaland

Darren Bent thinks Liverpool’s front three can match the number of goals scored in the Premier League by Manchester City new boy Erling Haaland.

Bent was speaking on The Kelly & Wrighty Show broadcast on Optus Sports. There he claimed that Liverpool’s forwards will maintain a title challenge for The Reds, even after Man City sign Haaland.

“I still don’t think the signing blows everyone else out the water. When you look at the top goal-scorers in the Premier League this season, three of them play in Liverpool’s front line,” said Bent.

“So if Haaland’s going to come in and score 40, 50 goals in one season, I can’t see them pulling that far away, Manchester City. He’s a fantastic signing and I’m really excited to see him play, but still Liverpool will be there or thereabouts because they’ve got a fantastic squad.”

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Bent thinks that due to Liverpool having goals all the way across the front-line, they’ll still be able to push City all the way.

“They’re (Liverpool) spreading the goals out. If you’re all getting between 15 and 20 goals, that is a lot of goals for Liverpool’s front three. One man coming in and scoring 40, maybe in Europe it can get them over the line but in the Premier League? Hmm (shrugs).”

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Liverpool forwards making history

It has been an incredibly prolific season for Liverpool’s forwards. Although none of them have had a truly special goal-scoring season a la Mohamed Salah’s 44 goals in 2017/18, they’ve all hit decent numbers.

Sadio Mane’s goal against Aston Villa on Tuesday night made him the third Liverpool player to hit 15 league goals this season.

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Mane joins Diogo Jota on the same number and Salah is at the top of the tree with 22. Furthermore Luis Diaz has managed 18 league goals across the season for Porto and The Reds.

That’s only the second time in the competition’s history that three players from the same team have scored 15 times. Inevitably, the other team to achieve the feat was City in 2013/14.

Pep Guardiola’s team have now scored 10 goals in two games to overtake Liverpool as the league’s top goal-scorers. Now on 94, it’s reasonable that they could once more hit 100 goals this season.

Premier League prepares for Haaland

Adding someone as prolific as Haaland to that mix is a not something the rest of the Premier League will be looking forward to.

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However, Bent is right. Liverpool may not boast someone with a strike-rate as impressive as the Norwegians, but that doesn’t mean they can’t match his output.

City signing Haaland doesn’t change anything necessarily. Yes, they could have done with a striker, but his goals will mean the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez finding the net less.

Perhaps he’ll have some settling it to do, too. Just yesterday, Michail Antonio claimed the 21-year-old would actually be more suited to playing for Liverpool.

It’s City who won the race, though. As always, The Reds are up against it when trying to match them. But as always, Klopp and co will find a way to negate the financial disparity.

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