The form of Mane and Firmino is a bigger concern than the club’s injuries

Injuries have had a huge impact on Liverpool this season, but has the form of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had a bigger impact?

This Liverpool front three is now in its fourth year of playing together, with cracks now beginning to show.

Come the end of this season, fans will evaluate Liverpool’s season as one that was derailed due to injuries. However, those injuries have come at the back, hiding Liverpool’s inability to score or create goals.

The front three of Liverpool has been pivotal to becoming England, European and World Champions under Jurgen Klopp. However, this season we have seen a dramatic drop off from two of the three (Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino).

Just loads of pictures of Liverpool players with the Champions League trophy - Liverpool Echo
The form of Liverpool’s front three has been vital to the team bringing silverware back to Anfield. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY LIVERPOOL FC.

Just two season ago, Sadio Mane ended the 2018/19 season with 22 goals in 36 Premier League games. That saw him finish level with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the league’s top goal scorers. That number dropped to 18 goals last season but this season we’ve seen a dramatic drop down to seven goals so far.

This story is the same for Roberto Firmino, who has also seen his goals decline season on season. He has found his intense style of play nullified by teams playing in a low block. This block means a player like Firmino finds it harder to get in between the lines and create chances.

Their poor form has left Mohamed Salah carrying the goal-scoring responsibility with the Egyptian leading the league with 17 goals

Mohamed Salah beats Cristiano Ronaldo record after goal against RB Leipzig - Anfield Watch
The team has become so reliant on Mohamed Salah this season. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY ANFIELD WATCH.

Yes, the injuries the Reds have suffered this season will have an effect on the season as a whole. However, those injures are no excuses to not scoring against Brighton and Burnley at home. That comes down to the strikers not taking chances and not being creative.

If Mane and Firmino can find their form top-four is a real possibility but as we stand the club are falling further away.


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