Troy Deeney explains Liverpool’s key issue after Newcastle draw, retains four stars | Football | sport
Liverpool are struggling in the Premier League this season because they don’t have natural scorers. Watford striker Troy Deeney says so, who moved ahead of all four of the Reds after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday.
Liverpool dominated the first half against the Magpies but only entered the break 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had 69 percent possession and 22 shots, nine of which were on target, but failed to make their lead more comfortable.
Salah started alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in an attacking formation, but all four forwards missed presentable opportunities to make the game safe.
They seemed to have gotten away with it when Callum Wilson had a late equalizer ruled out by VAR for handball, but Joe Willock scored in the fifth minute of added time to shatter Liverpool’s top four prospects.
With five Premier League games to play, Klopp’s side are sixth, four points behind Chelsea and Deeney believes their problems stem from the lack of a natural striker up front.
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“I’m going to say something and I’m probably going to get hammered for it. They are not natural goal scorers, none of the four, ”he said on talkSPORT.
“I’ve been registered before, I think Firmino is excellent, but he’s not someone I sit down and think he’s going to score 25 or 28 goals per season.
“Salah is a winger. Look at Newcastle, see how many chances he missed. If they had fallen to Harry Kane, we would have said he had had a bad day.
“They’re not bad players, but it’s the natural instinct for finishers that some players have. These players are more creative and introverted wingers.
“Salah is very lucky. One game he could score five and seasons like this he might have four or five games where he doesn’t score.
“With the Newcastle game Liverpool could have been 6-0 at half-time and we have a completely different conversation.”
Liverpool have struggled heavily this season trying to defend their Premier League title and their form against teams at the other end of the table is particularly worrying.
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The Reds have often failed to break down teams determined to sit deep in a low block and Klopp has admitted his attackers are useless against Newcastle.
“Very difficult to face but there is no one else to blame but ourselves,” he said after the game.
“When you create chances like we created today and don’t use them, you keep the game open.
“That’s what we did, but again it’s football – the oldest and most important rule in football [is] you had better use your chances when you have them because they will come back.
“That’s what we didn’t do and that’s why in the end Newcastle deserve a point.”
Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 29 goals, while Mane has 13, Jota has 12 and Firmino has contributed just six.