From Glory To Goals

Liverpool’s Goal-Scoring Journey In Recent Seasons

Liverpool has showcased impressive goal-scoring prowess recently, experiencing notable peaks and valleys in their performance. In the Premier League, the 2021/22 season marked a high point, with the team netting 94 goals, their best tally in eight seasons since scoring 101 goals in the 2013/14 season.

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In 2021/22, the efforts of top scorers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, and Diogo Jota were instrumental in Liverpool’s success. Comparatively, the 2013/14 season saw Luis Suárez, Daniel Sturridge, and Steven Gerrard leading the scoring charts.

However, an 8.5% decline in goal-scoring with 86 goals over the past two seasons raises concerns. Last season, Liverpool’s top three goal scorers were Mohamed Salah, Darwin Núñez, and Cody Gakpo, reflecting a shift in the team’s attacking dynamics.

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Mohamed Salah remains a key player for Liverpool, having scored 25 goals last season and maintaining his streak as the club’s top scorer every season since his arrival in 2017/18. With his contract set to expire next season, Liverpool faces the crucial decision of either finding a successor to maintain their scoring prowess or extending his contract for the foreseeable future. Salah’s standout goal this season came in the Carabao Cup, where he scored his fourth in a 5-1 win against West Ham, sprinting past the defense and placing a shot into the bottom right corner.

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Young talent Darwin Núñez scored 18 goals last season, marking an improvement of 2 goals since joining in 2021/22. Despite criticism for his high number of shots and offside calls, which may affect his confidence, Núñez’s potential remains high. Currently competing in the Copa América for Uruguay, he has already scored a hat-trick, indicating a promising season ahead for the 24-year-old. Núñez’s best goal this season came in the 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, where he cut in from the left and curled a pacey shot into the top right corner in the 70th minute.

Another rising star, Cody Gakpo, scored 16 goals last season, a remarkable increase of nine goals since his debut season at Liverpool. The young Dutch player has shown significant potential, and nurturing his talent will be essential for Liverpool’s future success. Gakpo’s standout goal this season was when he equalized early in the second half, linking brilliantly with others in his preferred central attacking role. Despite having a header cleared off the line before the break, his performance highlighted his growing influence on the field.

Restocking The Shelves?

As Liverpool strategies to maintain their goal-scoring prowess, the potential departures of key players like Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk next season looms large. Building confidence in young talents like Núñez and Gakpo addressing their weaknesses will be vital for sustaining the team’s attacking strength.

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Liverpool’s journey continues to captivate fans and analysts alike, with the club’s strategic decisions in the coming months poised to shape their future success on the field. Last season showed improvement compared to 2022/23 when Liverpool placed a disappointing fifth in the league. Jurgen Klopp was in the midst of a rebuild, having lost key players such as Divock Origi, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino. Now, with Arne Slot overseeing the continuation of this rebuild, the summer transfer window, which opened on Friday, June 14, and will close at 23:00 BST on Friday, August 30, will be crucial. Can Liverpool sign the players to make history by winning the Premier League and excelling in their return to the Champions League?

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