After watching Jurgen Klopp taking us to greater heights for this season, I couldn’t but help think about what is probably IMHO our best form – the good ol 2013/4 season not so long ago. An absolutely one of a kind season where the club’s scoring and attacking records were broken time and time again and credit must be given to Brendan Rodgers who can say that, “no Reds manager can ever repeat what I acheived in 2013/4.”
Yep, the season we scored 100 goals (and when in our history have we ever had a hundred goal season). Brendan Rodgers was a genius in building his team around Suarez and also putting emphasis on outscoring the opponent without bothering about defense too much. Yup, it was a formula that certainly worked and produced fairy tale outputs both on the pitch and in the media praising the Reds.
Why I’m talking about 2013/4 is because maybe Jurgen himself can take a few lessons from this one only outstanding season as his team has not exactly been goal prolific. The first few games in that season started without Suarez who was suspended but who should set a record Reds debut but Dancing Danny who I think got us 9 points from the first 3 games. When Suarez was allowed to play, the Suarez magic goalscoring machine took over.
But when you carefully look back at our 2013/4 season and why we scored so many goals (you can hardly believe we have strikers so unlike those now), I would say 3 players (maybe 4 with the Count) made it possible:
- Suarez – a world class scorer who nutmegs and can find the corners of nets without looking up, dares to do 30 metres volleys and who almost never give up with his second touches on the balls if his first strikes didn’t go in. If you keep reviewing Suarez’s Liverpool goals again and again, you’d notice this.
- Sturridge – I looked back at all of Suarez’s goal and you know what ? STURRIDGE PLAYED A MAIN PART IN THIS. If you can see the number of extremely amazing assists that Studge gave Suarez – the backheels and through pass…without Studge, Suarez’s goals would be halved. Sturridge himself was a prolific goalscorer (and we are depending on him mainly now) but I think his awe of Suarez had him giving most of the balls to the Uruguayan.
- Steven Gerrard – Captain Fantastic almost never missed all of his penalties. Superb penalty taking, hit with confidence low in the bottom right corner most of the time, saw us through until that ‘slip’ against Chelsea. But the ex-captain’s superb 30-40m long distance pass nearly always opened up scoring opportunities for us.
- Coutinho – the Count’s clever incisive balls also opened up scoring opportunities for the Reds
One thing that got me was how Man City could also be as goal prolific as us..that was strange. Their only goal prolific frontline was Aguero but they had a great distribution of goals over most of their frontlines like De Silva, Nasri, Dzeko at that time.
SO HOW DO WE GET OUR CURRENT SQUAD TO BE AS GOAL PROLIFIC AS THE 2013/4 ONE? I say we have a twin strike combination of Benteke and Sturridge and also a twin attacking midfield of the Count and the Firm.