Brendan Rodgers is a man who rarely disappoints when put in front of a camera and, while the Liverpool boss’ latest musings following his side’s goalless draw at West Brom weren’t laden with the usual dose of mind-mulling nonsense, he had some morale-damaging comments to make about his strikers.
He wants a new one, is the long and short of his lamentations, with those currently on the books either too infirm or of sufficient quality to replicate the goalscoring heroics of their glorious 2013/14 campaign.
“They defended well and attacked with all the invention and creativity as we possibly could. We just don’t score as many goals, it’s as simple as that.”
If the sum total of their best possible attacking efforts was no goals against a West Brom side who leaked seven against QPR and Leicester recently then they have serious problems.
Such a statement renders the 3/1 about a second Hull clean sheet against Rodgers’ men this season when the sides meet on Tuesday and excellent bet.
Mario Balotelli, who’s likely to lead the line in this game, endured another 75 minutes without a goal at the Hawthorns, while his replacement Fabio Borini was equally hapless in the 15 minutes he was afforded.
Rickie Lambert wasn’t in the traveling party, nor was the perma-crocked Daniel Sturridge.
The latter’s return significantly increases their goal threat, but the previous exploits of the three players who preceded him on this page elsewhere in their careers confirm they’re nowhere near as bad as they’re being portrayed.
Balotelli, for instance, had a better minutes-per-goal ratio than departed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when playing for AC Milan last term, while Lambert enjoyed successive double-digit top-flight tallies when playing for Southampton.
Even Borini bagged seven when on loan at Sunderland last season.
Such stats indicate that perhaps Rodgers doesn’t need to buy a striker, but work some tactical magic to craft another new-fangled formation that enables his misfiring frontmen to score goals.
None of the slighted trio have been afforded time together in the diamond system that brought so much joy for the Suarez-Sturridge axis.
With fourth-place looking increasingly unlikely to snare after another failure to bag maximum points, reverting to this formation and giving his strikers some time in it may well prove fruitful and cost-effective for the coming campaign where returning to the top four will be paramount.