By Will Butcher

Emile Heskey believes Liverpool’s free-scoring attack is as good as the strike force that finished second in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers.

Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all got their name on the score sheet on Sunday as Liverpool demolished Watford by six goals to one.

Former Liverpool forward Heskey claimed that the trio are on a par with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez-inspired attack that almost won the Premier League in 2013-14.

“Liverpool have been a breath of fresh air,” Heskey told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT.

“Going forward they look so fluid with Coutinho, Firmino and Mane. I wouldn’t say it’s a better team than with Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling, but they play a very similar brand of football.

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“They’re playing some really exciting football and they’ll probably go just as close, if not one step further, this season. They’re looking very good to do it.”

Mane scored his fifth and sixth league goal against Watford while Coutinho and Firmino added their fifth as Liverpool’s stars dealt a devastating blow to Walter Mazzarri’s Hornets.

The fluidity of Jurgen Klopp’s in-form front three has led to fans making comparisons with Barcelona’s world-class attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Liverpool fans and players alike will be hoping the front three can continue their impeccable form after the international break, as they travel to face Mane’s old side Southampton on November 19.

A win could see Klopp’s side consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League, by going four points clear if other results go their way.

In other Liverpool news, former star Charlie Adam has revealed that he was surprised the Reds did not move for Joe Hart in the summer.