Gone are the days when you could count Liverpool’s goal scorers on one hand. Jürgen Klopp has developed a team of attacking players at Melwood and so far this season 13 Liverpool players have found the back of the net in the Premier League and a total of 17 in all competitions.
Sadio Mané leads the pack with 10 goals for the season and Mohamed Salah follows closely behind with 9 goals. But the pitch celebrations have surrounded many a different Liverpool player since August.
Roberto Firmino hasn’t had a mammoth goal contribution yet, with only 4 so far, but the Brazilian adds plenty more to Klopp’s team. Beyond the attacking trio there’s a host of Liverpool players with a single goal to their name. Each goal just as special as the other.
Each of Klopp’s preferred defenders has a goal a piece. The same goes for Liverpool’s midfielders. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, and Adam Lallana all have scored. The legend Divock Origi has one, of course.
The manager, never one to jump at the chance to praise individual achievements, was proud of his team’s growing proliferation in front of goal but much more interested in the problem of beating Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
“It is not too long ago that it was about us relying so much on the front three,” said Klopp. “I couldn’t care less who scores to be honest. I’m just happy when the ball is in the back of the net. I still think we could have scored more goals, that is the truth.
“It makes us a bit more unpredictable for sure but what I think about at the moment is we play Brighton with a very exciting development, the way they are playing. They play proper football and really have a plan and I respect that a lot.
”That is our issue, not who scores – we have to score to win the game. It’s a tough one. After this game pretty much everyone has three games a week but Brighton have had a full week to prepare and they are innovative and think a lot about football obviously so they will come here and try to get the points. We have to be ready three days after a very intense game against Napoli. That is the thing I think about, nothing else.”