Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels that his side’s displays are not seeing enough goals, which is a big problem.
Liverpool have scored just 13 league goals so far, which is exactly half of Chelsea’s tally. The sale of last season’s talisman Luis Suarez, the injury woes of Daniel Sturridge and summer signing Mario Balotelli’s struggles in the Premier League mean that Liverpool look extremely lacklustre in front of goal in most matches, the game against Newcastle being the epitome of their poor form.
Raheem Sterling, who has netted on three occasions, is Liverpool’s joint top scorer alongside own goals. The 19 year old has also suffered from a slight dip in form and the Reds would be hoping he is on top of his game against the league leaders who visit Liverpool on Saturday.
“I just think the goals have disappeared from our game – it’s as simple as that,” Rodgers said.
“This isn’t last year’s team which was full of goals. The reality is that we haven’t scored in four of our last five games. Goals give teams confidence. If you look at where we’re at, we haven’t conceded many more than Chelsea who are deemed a real force defensively. They have conceded 10, we have conceded 13.
“Where there is a big difference is in goals scored. That is something we had last season. Without whining or complaining, when you lose players of the calibre we have in that area of the field, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why we haven’t scored as many.
“I don’t have a magic wand to give us those goals, but we will continue to work hard to find the solutions for that. We’ll work on movement patterns in training which will help us to do that.”
Rodgers did however say that he can see confidence returning to his side and insisted that his players are always putting in their 100% which means that they will eventually click.
“I am pleased that the confidence in our game is returning. At Newcastle it wasn’t so good, but against Swansea we played well and the speed of our game was good. I thought against Real Madrid we put in a good performance – a different type of performance compared to my teams usually. We showed we’ve got that resilience and character to defend well, even against the best team in the world. We have to keep working as I know we will get better.
“One thing that hasn’t changed from all the players has been their commitment every day. Their attitude to training and to learning is still there. Okay, we’ve not been at our fluent best this season but it’s certainly not for a lack of effort. I know it’s going to click for us sooner rather than later.”