Liverpool have managed to find a way to win all but one game in the Premier League thus far. The Reds are also the only team in the league have scored a goal in every single game. Let me repeat that, Liverpool have scored in Every. Single. Game.
Some games have been a grind, having to find a way to manufacture a goal late through sheer force of will. Yesterday, thankfully, was a comprehensive thumping of Bournemouth where the goals flowed naturally. No matter the situation, Liverpool have found a way to put the ball in the back of the net.
What is so impressive to me about Liverpool’s goal scoring record is who has scored the goals. It’s not just Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah. This week alone, we’ve seen goals fly in from the likes of Evertonian Kryptonite Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita. When looking at the scoring record to see which players had scored thus far, I had to keep scrolling...and scrolling...and scrolling. Thus far, 16 of the 19 outfield players who have stepped on the pitch this season have scored a goal. And yes, that includes the 14 minute cameo from Curtis Jones (who almost scored from an audacious volley).
The only two other players who have not scored in the league this season are centerbacks Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez. Lovren, to his credit, did provide the assist for Origi’s second goal in the Merseyside Derby earlier in the week.
To put the scoring statistics in perspective, Liverpool have already surpassed the number of players who scored all of last season in the league (15). Manchester City, who currently lead the scoring charts, have had 11 players chip in with goals this season.
So what does this all mean? Well, with the glut of fixtures in December, squad rotation was always going to be necessary. For Jürgen Klopp to be able to rest his star strike force and hardworking midfield and see the reserves pop up with goals is huge in Liverpool’s pursuit of that elusive 19th league title.