Phil Thompson highlights the ongoing problem with Liverpool’s play

Liverpool are still struggling in the final third this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool star Phil Thompson has explained the ongoing problem that the Reds have yet to solve, despite the change in manager from Brendan Rodgers to Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield, Thompson said: “I'm probably being a bit kind but like Arsenal they had a lot of headed chances and they had the most touches in the Premier League in the opposition box, but only scored one. Being clinical in the area has been an ongoing problem for Liverpool.”

The Merseyside club have struggled in front of goal this term, scoring just 13 times in 12 games, despite being one of the most active teams in the final third.

They register an average of 15.3 shots per game, the fourth highest in the Premier League, but are extremely wasteful in front of goal, and have just three goals more than the lowest scorers in the division.

Daniel Sturridge is still struggling with injuries, which has left the main goalscoring brunt on Christian Benteke, who has four goals in nine games.

Thankfully Philippe Coutinho has found some more consistency in recent weeks, and he is also on four goals, but Roberto Firmino has yet to show his strength in the opposition box - without a goal to his name - and Danny Ings had just two goals to his name before injury.

All the hopes of this season rest on Benteke getting back to top form, as he will be leading the line for the foreseeable future, and the Belgian striker has proven his abilities in the Premier League on many occasions.

Liverpool have shown improvements under Klopp, but until they manage to find more consistency with their goalscoring abilities, the Reds will struggle to move up the Premier League table.

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