Liverpool's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Attack
Liverpool dominated headlines this past season thanks to attacking exploits and run to the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp has boosted the Reds' opportunities as well as playing style.
Although silverware continues to elude Klopp's side, the energetic German has managed to create a deadly attack during his time at Anfield. It's helped the Merseysiders reach two European finals in three years.
Having recently evaluated Liverpool's midfield, we move on to the forwards. Is the current crop safe, or could new arrivals be on the way?
After failing to break into Chelsea's first team, the Egyptian was sold to Roma two summers ago. Salah's two-season performance for the Giallorossi earned world-class status. Kloop took a keen interest, identifying him as the perfect fit for Liverpool's front three. The 26-year-old arrived at Anfield last June.
In Salah's first Premier League campaign since returning, he obliterated the competition, scoring 32 times and assisting 10 in only 36 matches. His total tally stood at 43 goals, 14 assists in 50 games. He also scored in the World Cup recently, netting during Egypt's 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Only time will tell if Salah's remarkable form will continue next season. At present, though, the Reds lay claim to the best player in English football, as voted by the PFA.
The Brazil international was signed from TSG Hoffenheim in 2015 for £29 million. Firmino can't match his Egyptian teammate in terms of goalscoring exploits, but he offers Liverpool a significant threat.
Firmino's role isn't as an inverted winger, rather a provider for Salah and Mane. As well as connecting the front three, his importance is signified by scoring 26 goals and providing 14 assists in 53 appearances this season.
Firmino's contract was recently extended until 2023. It proves how much the Reds value their Brazilian forward.
After two successful seasons at Southampton, Klopp signed the Senegal international in 2016. In his debut campaign at Anfield, Mane punched out 13 goals while creating five for teammates. Most recently, with Champions League football back in the fray, his tally increased to 20 goals and eight assists.
Mane has proven a perfect fit in Liverpool's front three. He combines well with Salah and Firmino, offering a deadly threat to even the most formidable defence. The winger's contract runs for another three years. There aren't signs of any displeasure.
Since arriving from Burnley in 2015, the English striker has featured sparingly. During Ings' three seasons with the Reds, he has made only 20 competitive appearances. His three goals and two assists are a meagre return.
Liverpool's attack is already filled. Ings has not provided Kloop with any reason to rethink his line-up. Although the frontman's contract extends for two more years, reports suggest he will leave Anfield this summer in search of first-team football.
Although Liverpool's attack matches up against Manchester City's, the bench pales in comparison. The Reds have struck gold with Salah, Firmino and Mane, yet their output is largely due to midfield contribution.
Furthermore, should one of the fab three pick up an injury, there's no reserve talented enough to fill the gap. That was evidenced when Salah had to be taken off in the Champions League final.
Klopp should look to improve his options by giving youngsters a chance. Rhian Brewster deserves opportunities to impress. Not only would going this route help increase Liverpool's attacking depth, it offers youth valuable experience.
Klopp could look to add a few more talented attackers this summer, too. The Nabil Fekir deal looks dead, but other options remain.