Chris Wood’s hattrick against Wolverhampton Wanderers took him ahead of not just Roberto Firmino but also Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota in the scoring charts.
This is not meant to disparage Chris Wood but the Burnley forward has no business being above any Liverpool forward in the Premier League top scorers list.
And yet, Mohamed Salah is the only Liverpool attacker that has outscored Wood with the Egyptian doubling the Burnley man’s 10 goals in the league.
Other players that have more goals than the Reds players are David McGoldrick, who has scored 38% of relegated Sheffield United’s goals this term, and Stuart Dallas, who has played either in central midfield or fullback for Leeds this season.
Liverpool have been poor defensively this term. There’s no denying that. 43 goals conceded in the Premier League with five games to go is a shocking reflection of their defensive efforts but the injuries to defenders makes this understandable and it’s expected to improve.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been injured for the majority of the season and their return combined with the impending arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig has fans convinced it will be business as usual at the back next season.
Upfront, however, there are no obvious solutions to the attacking drought. Mohamed Salah has 29 goals in all competitions and is expected to, once again, smash the 30 goal barrier for the second time as a Liverpool player.
Yet with just three assists in the Premier League, his lack of attacking support is obvious. It will be the first season since joining the club that the former AS Roma winger doesn’t reach double digits for assists and this can only be due to Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane’s poor form in front of goal.
Unfortunately, this isn’t FIFA Career Mode where making marquee signing is easy and routine – Liverpool will need to dig deep and find a different solution to their problems if FSG aren’t willing to sanction a big-money move for a prolific forward.
There’s also the possibility that Mane and Firmino somehow return to their glittering best but it would be irresponsible from Klopp and the owners to just simply hope that rest in the summer recharges his forwards’ batteries, restoring them to previous heights.
The best answer to both Liverpool’s disgraceful attacking form and to the Super League debacle would be to splash the cash this summer but history suggests that this won’t be the case without major sales.
Erling Haaland would be my pick. I actually think Kylian Mbappe is best suited to the Reds’ style of play but Mane is better than Firmino, so the latter should the one to go.
Signing the Norwegian, who Transfermarkt claim is worth £99million, would transform the Anfield side back into an attacking beast. I think his arrival would not only add goals but it would also allow Mane more freedom by allowing him to focus more on stretching teams and running at defenders than trying to get onto the end of crosses.
The goals would come naturally if the Senegal attacker wasn’t in a position where he was forcing the issue.
In positive news, Liverpool are set to sign a player whose current coaches believe will be the best in the world in several years.