Klopp has his forwards firing on all cylinders ahead of Man City clash
Liverpool have scored three or more goals in SIX matches in a row and Klopp’s forwards are firing together on all cylinders – now, Salah, Mane, Jota and Firmino have their sights set on Man City in Anfield showdown
- Liverpool have scored three or more goals in six consecutive matches for just the third time in the club’s history
- Jurgen Klopp has his forwards firing again, with Mohamed Salah unstoppable
- Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota have been contributing too
- Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi have also scored in the Carabao Cup
- Klopp’s attacking threats are working in tandem – now all eyes are on Man City
Top of the table ahead of the weekend, setting club scoring records and free-flowing in attack – where are those critics of Jurgen Klopp’s lack of summer investment now?
Liverpool go into Sunday’s clash against title rivals Manchester City a point clear of their opponents after a sumptuous September record: played six, won five, drawn one.
But more impressive than the victories picked up is the Reds’ prolificacy in front of goal. For only the third time in the club’s history, they have scored three or more goals in six consecutive matches.
Liverpool have scored three or more goals in six games in a row ahead of their Man City clash
Roberto Firmino (left) and Mohamed Salah (right) both scored twice in the win against Porto
Sep 12: Leeds 0-3 Liverpool – Salah, Fabinho, Mane
Sep 15: Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan – Tomori OG, Salah, Henderson
Sep 18: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace – Mane, Salah, Keita
Sep 21: Norwich 0-3 Liverpool – Minamino 2, Origi
Sep 25: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool – Jota, Salah, Jones
Sep 28: Porto 1-5 Liverpool – Salah 2, Mane, Firmino 2
They’ve also scored more than their title rivals so far, 15 goals in six games, while Mohamed Salah is joint-top of the individual goal-scoring charts.
That’s ahead of Lukaku, Ronaldo, Jesus, Kane and the rest of the Premier League’s frightening attacking talent.
Having scraped into the top-four at the back-end of last season, Liverpool have started this campaign with a point to prove, and a title to claim back.
So, whilst it’s early days and the clash against Guardiola’s side will be the ultimate test of their season’s credentials, just how has Klopp got his forwards working so brilliantly in tandem thus far?
Well, for the first time in many a long year, he had his two main attacking protagonists in for a full pre-season’s worth of training.
Salah and Sadio Mane had a rare summer off, with no international competition (the African Cup of Nations will take place in January) whilst the Euros and Copa America were taking place.
That enabled them to get up to speed at their own pace, on their own timescale, with pre-season camps taking place in Austria and France.
Salah has been his usual prolific self in front of goal and is the league’s joint top goalscorer
Sadio Mane also looks back to his best following a poor conclusion to the 2020-21 season
Mane showed his anger towards Salah back in 2019 at Burnley but that is long in the memory
The proof was in the pudding early doors, with both on the scoresheet in the opening two weeks of the season.
Mane, in particular, looks back to his usual-self after a 2020-21 campaign which tailed off badly. The goals dried up, passes went astray and an exasperated look on his face was an all-too common sight.
In the past, despite how well they work in tandem, there’s always been a hint of underlying rivalry between the two African superstars. Mane memorably showed his anger at Salah in 2019 away at Burnley and there’s been cases of selfishness on both parts in the box.
And whilst that rivalry is still there, they’re most certainly team-mates first. While all of Klopp’s forward options will be driven by an individual desire to score goals, their energy and pressing for the team is a fundamental requisite.
Then, you add Diogo Jota into the mix. The Portuguese was terrific at points last season before injury curtailed his progress – and his knack for scoring has not been lost so far this season.
Diogo Jota scored against Brentford and has provided another dimension to the Reds’ attack
Jurgen Klopp has regularly picked Jota, who is in favour currently over Roberto Firmino
In fact, the ex-Wolves forward currently looks in favour over Roberto Firmino, who was absent for four matches due to a hamstring niggle. Yet such is the selflessness of a tight-knit squad, the Brazilian is not fazed by the competition.
‘I’m chilled,’ he told TNT Sports Brazil. ‘Everybody that plays they always look to give their all to Liverpool and those that have been playing, they have been doing a fantastic job.
‘That has to continue from everybody, with the aim of helping the team to secure wins, helping each other to form a victorious team.’
Even beyond the four leading attackers, Klopp has strength in depth. Divock Origi impressed when handed an opportunity against AC Milan in the Champions League, laying an assist on for Salah with a beautifully crafted dink over the defence.
The Belgian also scored a week later in the Carabao Cup against Norwich with a pinpoint header, in a victory which saw Japanese international Takumi Minamino score twice with two cool finishes in the box.
Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino have also taken their chances to impress for Liverpool
Their opportunities, as the Reds pursue glory on four fronts this season, will continue to arise no doubt.
So, to Anfield, and a showdown which has been the bastion for Premier League class and quality in recent years.
City, champions in three of the past four seasons, travel to Anfield, where they won for the first time since 2003 last season in a behind closed doors 4-1 win.
Memories of eye-catching tussles between these two aren’t far from the memory.
Liverpool beat City 3-0 in November 2019 on their way to winning the Premier League title
Yet City won at Anfield for the first time since 2003 back in February, with Phil Foden starring
The Reds’ Champions League quarter-final win in 2018, Riyad Mahrez’s missed penalty a season later and a 3-0 win for Liverpool in their title-winning 2019-20 season, when Salah and Mane were both on the scoresheet, all standout.
Those two are certainties to start. But, will Klopp draft back in Firmino for this clash in which the Brazilian has worked so brilliantly in tandem up front?
Either way, City’s back-line will have their work cut out. Because when Liverpool’s front-three – no matter what the make-up – is firing with the Anfield crowd behind them, they take some stopping.
A statement is very much there to be made ahead of the international break.
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