CHRIS SUTTON: Liverpool’s crossing is clearly NOT working and their insistence to stick at it is verging on insanity – struggling Sadio Mane and Mo Salah don’t stand a fighting chance in the air and Roberto Firmino needs to step up and show his class
- Liverpool have produced 104 crosses from open play in their last four games
- But they have not scored a goal in the Premier League since December 27
- Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are struggling so Roberto Firmino must step up
Liverpool have produced 104 crosses from open play in their last four games, with 30 of those coming against Burnley.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was whipping the ball in over and over, and his 5ft-something team-mates were failing to meet them.
I scored my fair share of goals with my head but, at 6ft 3in, I had a fighting chance! Burnley’s big defenders were gobbling up Alexander-Arnold’s crosses.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was whipping the ball in and his team-mates were failing to meet it
Burnley’s big defenders were gobbling up Alexander-Arnold’s crosses, but Liverpool kept at it
But still Liverpool relied on this tactic, as they have in their previous goal-shy games. Their 1-0 loss to Southampton at the start of this month saw them produce 35 crosses from open play — their most in a Premier League match under Jurgen Klopp.
What was Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity again?
Liverpool are repeatedly crossing the ball and results aren’t changing. Looking at their struggles in front of goal, I’d like to see more from Roberto Firmino.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are struggling to score, and it is clear confidence is low
Roberto Firmino is capable of leading them out of this funk, but he needs to step up
He’s been their false nine who is better known for being selfless than grabbing goals. But Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are struggling to score.
Confidence is low and they aren’t anticipating where the ball is going to go as they normally would.
This is when Firmino could do with chipping in. Liverpool won the title with him contributing nine goals.
A total of 25 players bettered that in 2019-20. Firmino got away with it because of Salah and Mane. Now it would be nice to see him get his numbers up.
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