Since the luxury of Suarez and with Sturridge in and out of the team with injuries we’ve struggled to find a consistent goal scorer. That is until now, where the problem is the complete opposite. We have such a strong array of attackers that we can’t fit them all into the starting eleven. Not a bad thing at all and already this season Liverpool have created more chances than any other team (64). Mostly down to new signing Sadio Mané, along with Lallana, Coutinho and Wijnaldum. Here’s the question though, who is our most effective front man to put away all these chances. Firmino, Sturridge, Origi, Ings?
Roberto Firmino has hit the ground running netting 2 goals so far and seems to be abit of a favourite under Jürgen Klopp using the false 9 system with Firmino as the striker. With Coutinho on the left and Mané on the right of Firmino it’s crazy to think just how potent this front 3 are, with all 3 regonised strikers still on the bench. He’s the kind of hardworking goal poacher that will get goals when played but perhaps he’d be even more effective behind a Sturridge, Origi, Ings? Also I do admire his defensive qualities, chasing and pressing from the front, another reason I believe Klopp often uses this system against the stronger teams. Making us much harder to break down but without losing our own goal threat. Either way Firmino looks like he’s nailed on his spot starting all 4 games this season. Fancy him to push on and be a real star of the Premier League.
The theory for false 9 against the top teams and main strikers against the so called smaller teams was used against Burnley. Daniel Sturridge got his first start, maybe because the fact we was missing Mané with a shoulder injury helped Klopp’s decision. As we all know that game didn’t go our way, though we bossed possession there was no space at all for Sturridge to work his magic. Keeping that thought, fast foward to our first home game of the season against reigning champions Leicester and Sturridge’s second start proved he’s nearing the sort of form and link up play we haven’t seen since 2013/14. The ability to occupy defenders and drag them out of position opened up so much space for the likes of Mané, Firmino, Lallana to run into, not forgetting that clever back heel to set up Mané’s goal. What if that Sturridge/ Mané link up could be exactly what we need against the better sides to create and open up defences or did Sturridge only start because Coutinho wasn’t fully fit. We’ll see over the season but surely a fit Sturridge and his quality must be involved regularly. Not completely overlooking the idea of a Sturridge/ Origi partnership, though Klopp’s not known for playing this system.
Divock Origi showed his qualities towards the end of last season and was in fine form pre-season. Many of us believing Klopp favoured him over Sturridge but Origi hasn’t started a match yet, though I do think he will. Imagine a front 3 of Mané, Origi and Sturridge, now that’s intimidating Line up but would mean dropping big players. It’s more of a juggling act with the amount of strikers we have and lack of games with no european football. Same with Danny Ings, though it’s been reported he’s just building fitness and recently played for the under 23’s getting on the scoresheet. I don’t think Klopp knows his best attack yet it’s too early but with added goals from midfield it could be a case of not relying on a main striker to bag all the goals and be more of a team effort, sharing the goals. Mané has already become a definite starter with 2 goals and 3 assists, so you wouldn’t argue with that. Lallana has changed many people’s minds adding goals to his impressive work rate scoring 2 and assisting 1. Coutinho obliviously has goals in his locker and can really turn the momentum of a game as he did against Arsenal with that sublime freekick. This is honestly the hardest to pick Liverpool line up in years especially in attack. So who’s in and who’s on the bench? Here’s a few of my favoured attacks:
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written by Ben Webb