Liverpool’s forwards finish the hard ones and mess up the easy ones, Jurgen Klopp has claimed.
And on recent evidence, he’s probably right.
Coutinho capped off a swift team-goal against Spartak Moscow midweek, but we missed free-headers and a four on two situation, as well.
Versus Leicester, the Brazilian notched a freekick and Mo Salah scored a header from a very tight angle, but our free shots from inside the area missed their target.
According to the boss, it’s mainly down to bad luck – and has reminded fans that winning is the responsibility of the whole team.
“Sadio had 9-10 days without a game. He lacked rhythm a bit…. Roberto worked hard, unlucky moments. Phil and Mo had good moments,” he told today’s press-conference, cited in the Echo.
“That’s the story of that game, but we have different options.
“Those four together has unbelievable quality but cannot win without the other players.
“We’ve made a big step in terms of working together, but we cannot create much bigger chances. We score goals from more difficult moments than the ones we miss!”
Despite suggesting other stars may face Newcastle, we think Klopp will go with Coutinho, Salah, Mane and Firmino at St. James’ Park.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge will be desperate to start, but the English duo are rated slightly below the so-called fab-four and with Sunday being a ‘must win’ game in many respects, the boss should pick the team he trusts most.