“They Don’t Have The Options That Liverpool Have” – Sutton Questions PL Title Rival’s Strength Up Front

BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton says he would take Liverpool’s strikeforce over Arsenal’s any day of the week.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live, Sutton claimed that the Reds simply have more firepower available to them than their Premier League title rivals:

“There is a bit of a void in that centre-forward position for Arsenal, whereas Liverpool have that covered. [Manager Mikel] Arteta can play  [Gabriel] Jesus, [Eddie] Nketiah, he can play [Leandro] Trossard if he wants as a false nine, but they don’t have the options that Liverpool have.”

You only have to compare the numbers this season to demonstrate the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side are more lethal in front of goal.

Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz have already racked up 35 goals between them so far this campaign. In contrast, the likes of Jesus, Nketiah, Trossard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have scored 28.

While it is not a massive difference, the gap is likely to grow between the two sets of forwards as the season goes on if they continue on the same trajectory.

Liverpool’s Achilles heel is not in attack

There is a case to be made that, along with Manchester City, the Reds have the best group of forwards in the Premier League. The Merseyside club’s title challenge is, however, unlikely to falter due to a lack of goals.

The main issue will be a lack of depth defensively, Virgil van Dijk was missing due to illness against Toulouse last week, and Klopp’s side conceded three and it could have easily been more.

While the likes of Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez can all do a job alongside van Dijk, they can be found wanting when the Dutchman is adamant.

Any team would miss the influence of the Liverpool captain but you do feel that, if he does pick up a big injury, the Reds’ hopes of finishing top of the table will be seriously damaged.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.