Jan Molby comments on Liverpool's goal threat and burden on strikers

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The former Reds midfielder is worried by a lack of goals away from the forward line.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has expressed concern at the side's lack of goalscoring threat - as the Reds haven't scored two or more goals in a competitive game since May, when they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield.

The Reds huffed and puffed but were held to a 1-1 draw by Carlisle United in the League Cup in midweek - and ultimately needed penalties to book a place in the fourth round of the competition. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby suggests he doesn't think other areas of the squad will do enough on the goalscoring front, and feels that the strikers will be shouldering a lot of the burden when it comes to finding the target, with four of the six goals so far this season scored by strikers Danny Ings and Christian Benteke.

The Dane wrote: "What's worrying is I look around the squad and I struggle to see who is going to get into double figures outside of the strikers.

"It puts an awful lot of onus on Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. Once again, how we do this season will be determined largely on the goals return of the forwards.

"Last season they got hardly any, and the results – or lack of them – spoke for themselves."

As Molby points out, it is hardly a new problem as more will be expected from the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana to find the net with some sort of regularity, while James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Jordon Ibe, among others, will all be expected to make a contribution in front of goal.

The lack of a regular goalscorer last season cost Liverpool dearly, and although there were several players that got the odd goal here and there, there wasn't a real threat coming from other areas of the team, and the Reds ultimately paid the price for that. 

The evident lack of cutting edge in the final third is currently holding Liverpool back as they seem incapable of finding the second goal in order to kill sides off. So far, Ings is something of a man in form, having scored two in two games, but there needs to be more done both from individuals and the team in order to get that crucial second goal that could help to ease nerves and collect vital victories. 

Otherwise, the side is going to be held back from making any progress for a little while yet.

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