Liverpool have been flying under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp during the past 18 months but there is still some underlying issues within the side, with the Reds not possessing the balanced squad that many of their rivals boast.
Despite being the Premier League’s current top-scorers, Liverpool’s attacking line needs to be improved – with Daniel Sturridge not cutting it and the Reds’ other options being to play wide players out of position, or push an attacking midfielder further forward.
Whilst there are signs it does work, there are also signs that it doesn’t; as Liverpool have netted more than one goal on just two of their last seven matches across all competitions and both of the matches where they did find the net twice, they failed to win.
In the Premier League’s scoring charts, Liverpool are yet to see a player hit double figures, whilst the rest of the league’s top-seven all have a player who’s hit that mark already – with Chelsea and Arsenal currently boasting the highest scoring players between them.
When you assess Liverpool’s rivals, every one of their competitors has a player you’d expect to hit 20 goals for the campaign but the Reds do not quite have that going their way – and Klopp should fix the issue in January.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a big-name first-team striker to come into the side immediately but Liverpool’s central-attacking options are fairly lacklustre, with Sturridge having regular appointments with the physio and Divock Origi not being comparable to the striker’s that their rivals possess.
When it comes down to the business end of the season, Liverpool may struggle without a deadly attacker in their line-up and it could also hurt them long-term, as the Reds would have to pay a premium price at the end of the season.
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