Following a disappointing end to the 2014/15 season, Liverpool spent big in the summer transfer market, with the expectation of challenging for the top four places in the Premier League.
The arrival of Christian Benteke, for £32.5 million, was supposed to address the goal scoring problem of the season before. Finishing in sixth place, Liverpool scored the least amount of goals out of the top seven teams in the Premier League. Manchester City, in finishing second, scored over 30 goals more and Southampton, who finished seventh, also managed to score more goals than Liverpool.
In a bid to further strengthen the attacking side of the team, Roberto Firmino was brought in from German club Hoffenheim. The Brazilian also commanded a large fee of £29 million, amid interest from other teams in the Premier League. Yes, with the sale of Raheem Sterling, a big attacking threat was lost from the club and the money brought in from the sale certainly made the net spend seem reasonable. However, the price paid for a player is the price paid and Benteke and Firmino were expected to come in and deliver the goods.
Needless to say, neither player has delivered what the fans at Anfield were hoping for, although one has out-performed the other. Benteke has scored a total of 9 goals, including the goal against Chelsea, and 3 assists in the League this season. A very disappointing return for a striker who cost so much some would say. However the Belgian’s playing time has not been great, he has started just 13 Premier League games this season. Firmino on the other hand, has shown glimpses of what he is capable of and has recorded 10 goals and 7 assists in 23 Premier League starts, which is not a bad return. Firmino is Liverpool’s top goal scorer in the Premier League but the fact he sits 16th in the list, highlights the problem.
Liverpool’s general goal scoring will look much improved come the end of the season, as the team have already well surpassed last season’s total goals in the Premier League. That being said, not one player has taken the mantle of being a real goal scorer for Liverpool this season. There is not one player the team can turn to and rely upon, when a goal is needed. It’s great to think that goals are being spread around the team but it’s no coincidence the top two teams in the league this season, also have the top two goal scorers in their ranks.
Jurgen Klopp does not seem to have any real confidence in Benteke, and even the future of Daniel Sturridge, is being questioned by fans, ex-players and by the media with his continued fitness problems.
Does the club have the right mixture of strikers, when they are all fit?
1, Daniel Sturridge
2, Divock Origi
3, Christian Benteke
4, Danny Ings
5, Rorberto Firmino (also used as a forward by Jurgen Klopp)
Is another striker needed?
The main question for Liverpool fans however, is if the club are to challenge at the top of the Premier League next season, who will be the player to score the goals?
Watch Liverpool’s goals so far 2015/16 season below.