Hot on the heels of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp stressing the need for players to compete for spots if they want to reach their best form and see significant minutes this season, today the gaffer further elucidated the purpose behind many, if not all the club's summer purchases this summer: goals.
"When we were good with the ball, passing and moving, overlapping, things like this, in the end we didn't finish it off enough," said Klopp, displaying his typical honesty and directness. "You need players for whom it's natural that they go in [the penalty area]."
For Reds fans who may or may not have broken a remote or two after watching Christian Benteke pull up at the top of the eighteen for a pass from the byline last season, that should be a welcome admission, and one that goes a long way towards explaining the club's current approach to the transfer market.
In Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum, Klopp has certainly signed two players unafraid to take on defenders and make things happen in and around the eighteen when they have the ball, and to head towards the penalty spot when they don't. Along with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, also happy to bomb into the box and possessed of the ability for more intricate passing moves necessary against bus-parked opposition, this author at least is excited by the promise of a more ruthless attacking front four.
Key to the ability to break down some of their more intransigent opponents, too, will be the versatility offered by the new signings, which again continues a trend of locking down versatile talent and at times could see everyone in red bar the striker and defenders swapping positions next season.
"We had too many games last year we couldn't change," Klopp added when asked about the reasoning behind the signings of Mané and Wijnaldum. And truth be told, when Steven Caulker coming on as a striker is Plan C, one would find it impossible to quibble with the Klopp's assertion that Liverpool needed a newfound ability to change their approach.
All told, exciting news for Reds the world over, and maybe even a sign that the lethal, fluid attack of 2013/14 might be set to make a return.