It’s tough to name a better attacking trio at the moment than Mohamed Salah, Said Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Although the Egyptian will take the majority of the praise after his quite incredible debut season on Merseyside, Mane and Firmino have both played their part in what is a fearsome front three.
The trio have scored an incredible 73 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, with Salah notching 36, Firmino tallying 23 and Mane contributing 14.
And, their form has earned the praise from many this season, with fellow teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain calling them ‘frightening’ earlier this month.
“It’s frightening,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com earlier this month. “There won’t be too many trios in Europe that can muster up those sorts of numbers.
“They’ve been brilliant for us in front of goal, but defensively as well they know their jobs, they work really hard and they’re really good, honest lads and good to be around.”
GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM HAS HIS SAY
But whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain was keen to sign their praises, Reds teammate Wijnaldum adopted a different view.
Although the Dutchman conceded that the trio have been terrific, the Dutchman revealed his belief that the rest of the Liverpool team should be given credit for their part in the trio’s success.
“They are really good,” the Dutchman said of the Reds’ forward line. “Sometimes, you know, they get the credit because they are scoring the goals and make it really difficult for teams, but there are more players who help them to accelerate so they can perform, and a lot of people forget that others do the dirty work so they can attack.
“So as a team, a collective, everybody does it good rather than only speaking about those three.
“Of course they are wonderful. But I think Liverpool is more than Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.”
Interesting. You can watch the segment of his interview with ESPN below:
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It must be said Wijnaldum does have a point. The attacking trio often lead the plaudits given their brilliance in attack, but very little is often said about the defence and midfield.
Liverpool’s defence in particular has been tremendous the past few weeks, having kept five clean sheets in the last seven games.
Salah’s unsuccessful stint at Chelsea may also help prove the Dutchman’s point. Although the Egyptian has clearly improved since his time at Stamford Bridge a few years ago, an argument could be made that the system, combined with the players around him, is adding to his success.