How do you better a 52-goal strike partnership in the top-flight? Liverpool’s answer is add more goals.
It wasn’t enough, but manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to add even more potency to his squad, and perpetuate his free-flowing football ideology upon Anfield. With Ricky Lambert joining, Adam Lallana seemingly imminent and Fabio Borini heading back to Merseyside, do Liverpool now hold the best attack in the Premier League?
Including Lallana, the goal tally from last season between the Southampton captain, Suarez, Sturridge, Lambert and Borini sits at 89 goals. That, if Liverpool seal a deal for Lallana, would be an incredible attack to have at their disposal. Not to mention contributions from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and of course Steven Gerrard, who scored 14 himself. It must now surely be considered the strongest attack in the top-flight of English football.
Manchester City and Manchester United are the only teams that could either argue or change that by the end of the transfer window. City possess a deadly, but for one reason or another inconsistent attacking group of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Álvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. ‘Inconsistent’ may be a harsh adjective to use considering they scored 84 goals between them and won the Premier League, but Aguero, Negredo and particularly Jovetic all had off-spells during the season where they could have scored even more.
United boast Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in their attack, a group that do not represent their poor seventh place finish last season. Whether new manager Louis Van Gaal adds to these players remains to be seen, but their options easily sit among the top-three strike forces in the league.
Chelsea and Arsenal notoriously struggled for depth and quality in attack last season, with Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba not doing enough at Stamford Bridge, while Olivier Giroud had no world class back-up at the Emirates.
Ultimately, if Lallana joins Liverpool they will on paper hold the strongest attack in the league. In a season where they also return to the Champions League, this is great news for Anfield. If they can just tighten up at the back, who knows what they could go on to achieve in the coming year.