Liverpool fans name the man they want to lead their attack

Date published: Wednesday 7th September 2016 8:53

Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge: Attacking alternatives to Liverpool

Liverpool fans have been asked to name the player they most want to lead their attack – and the results show overwhelming support for one man.

Daniel Sturridge is the man that Liverpool fans want to lead their attack, according to the results of a 90min vote.

Jurgen Klopp seems to have relegated Sturridge to the bench in his own mental depth chart, preferring last season’s top scorer Roberto Firmino to lead the line early this season, but a full 50% of over 50,000 fans polled said they wanted to see Sturridge starting up front after seeing the club’s strikers fail to score a single goal between them in August.

Sturridge did score twice in the Reds’ EFL Cup win over Burton Albion last month, but has otherwise yet to find the target in his limited opportunities in the current campaign – looking ineffective when he started in an embarrassing loss to Burnley.

The England international did prove his worth in his brief time between injuries last season though, scoring eight times in 14 league appearances at a rate of a goal every 122.5 minutes – and it may be that pedigree which has Liverpool fans looking forward to seeing him back.

Reds Fans

Reds fans continue to question Klopp’s choices as the poll continues too, 21% of them voting for Divock Origi – three late substitute appearances in three games this season – over starter Firmino.

Origi also had limited playing time last season, scoring five league goals at a rate of one every 133.8 minutes, but looked to have been improving towards the end of his first campaign in English football. He is also yet to score this season.

Firmino limps into third place in the poll with 15% of the vote – just 1% ahead of Danny Ings, who hasn’t started a senior game of football for almost a year. It’s a less-than ringing endorsement for last season’s top scorer and the man who Klopp seems to have picked out as his leading man for the season.

One part of the fans’ consternation may be due to Firmino’s slow start to the season, which has seen the Brazilian fail to get off the mark despite playing every minute of the club’s opening three Premier League games.


Chris Deeley


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