Our former boss Brendan Rodgers was a pundit on SkySports’ Monday Night Football coverage of Swansea vs Watford this evening.
During the show he spoke at length about our title charge in 2013/14, and the issues which have plagued our attack since.
We smashed in 101 goals in 38 games in that campaign, and it’s a total we’re not even close to matching in the 60 games since.
“Since Luis left, the goals have gone right out of the team. Not only that, but [also] with Daniel being injured,” he said.
“Luis Suarez was a world class talent and Daniel Sturridge, when available, has that world class ability. For me, the system was irrelevant. It was more about style and trying to get the creative players into the team.”
“Obviously Jurgen is having that problem now, with people talking about the number of goals and strikers.” (via Echo)
Rodgers said it was wrong, however, to give the praise for all those goals solely to our front two.
“That season when we finished runners-up, if you look, we had a front five going forward,” he went on.
“Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, Henderson and Coutinho – and then the five behind them defending. Five on the attack, five behind, plus the goalkeeper – you’re going to score goals, and they were outstanding.”
Brendan might have been stating the obvious when he spoke about Suarez, but he’s certainly not wrong. Where are we going to find the next regular scorer? We’ve had a striker with 30+ a season potential almost continuously since the 1980s – at the moment we have no one.
For all the talk of a new keeper and a new centre back – surely the most pressing position to fill is a striker who fits with Jurgen’s system?