Tottenham’s front three players need to learn from how Liverpool’s “telepathic” forward three complement each other so perfectly, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker has told Football Insider how the Anfield triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are on a different level to the Londoners’ forwards because of how they work in harness.
Liverpool and Spurs both secured places in the Champions League semi-finals this week and the two clubs will face each other in the final if they overcome Barcelona and Ajax respectively.
Whelan is a big admirer of Spurs’ attackers such as midweek hero Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and injured talisman Harry Kane, as well as the deeper-lying likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela but explained they are not the finished articles.
“Liverpool’s front three are so special, they can score in any game and scare any defence,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “There is a telepathy about the way they play. They don’t just stay in the same positions, they are always on the move and that is a difficult thing to play against.
“They are brilliant individuals, but even better together and you can’t afford to give them any space in the final third and around the 18-yard box. They are a nightmare to play against.
“Tottenham’s forwards are top players but they are not as effective together as Liverpool’s. It’s about taking responsibility. Look at Son, he’s a different player when Kane’s not there. Why is he not as good when Kane plays? It’s a mental thing.
“Spurs’ forwards need to make a mental change to get to the level of Liverpool have reached. They could learn from Salah, Mane and Firmino, definitely.”