Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confessed that his side need more goals. The statement was blindingly obvious after his Reds side failed to breach West Brom’s defence despite ‘enjoying’ 75% possession over the weekend, but as you look into the problem the issue gets even greater.
Last term Liverpool notched 101 Premier League goals, 51 of which were shared between Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez… this season, however, Raheem Sterling is Anfield’s most prolific finder of the net with seven… SEVEN. This contributes to their tally of 47 – the lowest in the league’s top six.
Naturally, with the rumour mill in full swing, Liverpool have been aligned with a host of players from across Europe all netting goals for their teams. Memphis Depay, Mauro Icardi, Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Alexandre Lacazette have all found their names associated with the Merseysiders in recent times, but it’s the Dutchman who appears to be the leading candidate for a swoop.
Although impressive, Depay shouldn’t be the one Rodgers goes all out for… with the stats (via Squawka) showing it’s Lacazette he needs to solve his issues.
The Lyon ace has smashed a staggering 26 goals in 30 Ligue 1 performances this term, averaging out at 0.87-per-game… topping the list of targets. He also registers better shot accuracy at 67%, completes more assists (0.20-per-match) and beats his man with greater regularity (58.33%).