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Why Liverpool's striking deterioration is the reason for their failure

Liverpool’s top four hopes were all but ended at the weekend as they could only manage a draw with champions Chelsea.

It has been a season to forget for Liverpool. They have gone from exciting title challengers to missing out on the top four in the space of a year.

From having Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge tearing the Premier League to shreds with their phenomenal partnership last season, goals have been extremely hard to come by this time around.

They scored a staggering 101 times with that lethal strike-force leading their side but have managed just 50 goals this season, following the departure of Suarez to Barcelona and several long-term lay-offs for Sturridge.

Suarez managed 31 goals in all competitions last season with Sturridge netting 24, a total of 55, which is more than Liverpool have managed as a team in the Premier League this season.

Their top scorer in the league in 2014-15 is Steven Gerrard, who has sat on the bench for most of the campaign and is departing this summer, with eight goals. Their top-scoring striker is Sturridge with just four in the 12 appearances he has managed.

It has been a season of misfiring for Liverpool’s strikers. In the Premier League, Rickie Lambert has managed just two goals, with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini adding just one each.

The combined tally of eight is just not enough, especially when you consider Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry have combined for nine for Chelsea.

The Reds must be in the market for at least one prolific striker this summer. The likes of Balotelli and Lambert must be moved on for younger, hungrier replacements and they must get Sturridge back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

Brendan Rodgers has all the creative talents he needs at his disposal but the loss of Suarez and Sturridge, for the majority of the season, has been the main reason behind Liverpool’s downfall.

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