COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Liverpool have still not found a regular goalscorer despite their fantastic start to the Premier League season and Saturday’s goalless draw against Southampton highlighted this.
The Reds have recorded more goals in the Premier League so far this season than any other team but without a prolific spearhead in the mould of Diego Costa, they risk falling short of title success.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho have netted 16 league goals between them, with Mane grabbing six and the Brazilian duo both scoring five.
The midfield of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Giorginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can have all provided the platform in which the attacking trio can build upon and when everyone is fit, Liverpool’s look unstoppable.
However, one missing jigsaw piece is a clinical goalscorer and the 0-0 draw against Southampton, which saw Liverpool dominate possession and create countless chances, highlighted this.
The attacking trio all have immense talent and creativity but sometimes need several chances to put the ball in the net and when teams shut-up-shop, they struggle to break them down, as they did against the Saints.
On average, the Reds have a conversion rate of just 19% and only 56% of their shots are on target. Out of those shots on target, Liverpool have only scored a third of those – meaning they create a lot more chances than the number they convert.
Liverpool fans hoped Daniel Sturridge would return to top form and bang the goals in but he has made just five starts under Jurgen Klopp this season and is yet to score his first Premier League goal.
The sign of a title-winning team is the ability to score even when you’re not playing well and Liverpool had a number of opportunities to convert on Saturday and wasted them.
By contrast, Chelsea have the league’s top scorer in Costa, who netted his 10th league goal of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough to lift the Londoners to the top of the table.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp’s side could be at the summit of the table at Christmas if they take advantage of this.