Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels the Reds have struggled for goals ever since Luis Suarez left – and has expressed sympathy for Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds have scored just 25 goals in 22 Premier League games this season, more than just seven other sides. Christian Benteke is their top-scorer with six, but has been reduced to a substitute role in recent times. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are the only other players to have scored more than two league goals.
Rodgers, whose Reds scored a remarkable 101 goals as they finished runners-up in the 2013/14 season, was on Monday Night Football discussing the problems Jurgen Klopp faces.
Rodgers pinpointed the departure of Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona in summer 2014, and numerous injuries to Daniel Sturridge as the main reasons behind the goal drought.
“Since Luis left, the goals have gone right out of the team,” Rodgers said. “Not only that, but with Daniel being injured.
“Obviously Jurgen is having that problem now, with people talking about the number of goals and strikers.
“That season when we finished runners-up, if you look, we had a front five going forward.
“Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, Henderson and Coutinho – and then the five behind them defending.
“Five on the attack, five behind, plus the goalkeeper – you’re going to score goals, and they were outstanding.”
Rodgers was tasked with accommodating both Suarez and Sturridge in the same side during his first season at the club in 2012, and he added: “That was something, in my first season, I was thinking about. In the second part of the first season, we were working well but I knew we needed to push on in the second [season], so I had to find a way to get them fluently into the team.
“Luis Suarez was a world class talent and Daniel Sturridge, when available, has that world class ability.
“For me, the system was irrelevant. It was more about style and trying to get the creative players into the team.”