LIVERPOOL have got a better forward line than Premier League leaders Manchester City. That’s according to former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 13 consecutive league games, scoring 46 goals in the process to create an eight-point gap on second-placed Manchester United.
Liverpool trail them by 14 points but have sprung into life in recent weeks, with star players Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho punishing teams.
And while City boast three of the league’s top scorers in Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, Sutton prefers the players that Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.
“There is very little separating Liverpool and Manchester City in terms of who boasts the best forward line,” he said in his Daily Mail column.
“If I was picking my dream front three from the two squads, I would have to include Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane over Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.
“Salah is instrumental in everything Liverpool do. He has now scored 12 goals and assisted another three in his 15 league games — the most prolific start by a Liverpool player in the Premier League.
“Kevin De Bruyne may be everyone’s dead cert to win Player of the Year but Salah is pushing him close. Liverpool hurt teams with their blistering pace and I love watching them.
If I have one criticism it is that they lack a No 9, such as Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus.
“Without a traditional target man, Liverpool struggled to break teams down earlier in the season. That’s why I would pick Aguero in my combined Liverpool-City front three.
“But what a luxury for Jurgen Klopp to have Salah, Roberto Firmino, Mane and Philippe Coutinho all fit.
“Liverpool are thrilling in attack and seem to have addressed their defensive issues, too, conceding just three goals in six league games.”
Coutinho scored once and provided three assists in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Brighton, proving he is fully committed to the club following the transfer drama surrounding him during the summer.
Rumours of Barcelona’s interest are resurfacing but Sutton believes the Brazilian is essential to Liverpool’s chances this season.
He added: “With Arsenal losing to United and Spurs stuttering, Liverpool have seized the initiative in the race for a Champions League place.
“Coutinho pulling the strings behind the front three will be vital to their top-four hopes. Liverpool’s ambition would have to be questioned if they let him go in January.”
Liverpool’s win on Saturday leaves them fourth in the table as they prepare for this weekend’s crucial Merseyside derby with Everton.