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Liverpool’s march to the Premier League title just doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Jurgen Klopp’s men ran through Merseyside rivals Everton in mid-week, and dispatched Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon with relative ease.
And whilst their continued ability to pick up win after win is a major positive in itself, the context behind their opening goal against the Cherries is perhaps even more impressive. As per Opta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became the Reds’ 15th different player to score in the Premier League this season – as many as they had in the entirety of the previous campaign.
Whilst Liverpool have enjoyed enormous success with their reliance on the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in recent seasons – the duo were joint-winners of the Premier League’s Golden Boot last year along with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – it must be very encouraging for Klopp to see other members of his team step up to the plate.
Mane has continued to be in imperious form this campaign, notching 13 goals, but Salah on the other hand has been slightly more quiet (even though he has managed nine strikes in 19 games). With more players from around the side chipping in with vital goals, Liverpool can actually be far more threatening to opposition teams. No longer can they simply keep their eyes firmly fixed on the Reds’ much-vaunted attack, but now, they have to be aware of midfielders like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita making their presence felt in an attacking sense.
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Their greater diversity in goal-scorers bodes incredibly well for their title challenge this season, because an injury to someone like a Salah or a Mane may not have the disastrous consequences it may have had in previous campaigns. Klopp knows that those who are on the fringes of the team, or simply playing behind the attack, can have a huge influence in trying to pick up wins. Opta’s stat makes for very encouraging reading for Liverpool indeed.