Former Liverpool player pinpoints three underperformers for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season

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Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol believes that the club’s front three are causing them the most problems this season.

The likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all world-class players who have done exceedingly well for Liverpool over the years but they are looking out of touch this season.

Nicol said: “I think it’s pretty clear where the problems are. It’s upfront. The front three are not producing, not delivering… they’re not even creating!  

“Yes, at Newcastle they made opportunities but this Southampton game and the West Brom game, they never created anything. If you aren’t going to create, then you aren’t going to score goals. 

“This is where Klopp comes into it as well and earns his corn. It’s all very well saying, this is wrong, this isn’t right – the fact is these three games we’re talking about, they’ve had over 70 per cent possession of the ball in every game.  

“So it’s not a complete and utter shambles. The fact is Klopp now has to have a quiet word and a clever word with the front three.”

Although Mohamed Salah is very much in the race for the Golden Boot, his performances have not been up to the mark so far. Similarly, Sadio Mane is yet to hit his peak form this season.

Roberto Firmino has been struggling to score goals for over a year now and it will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp fixes his attacking problems.

The summer signing of Diogo Jota proved to be a masterstroke as the Portuguese attacker settled in immediately and started scoring consistently. However, he is currently injured and he has missed the last few weeks.

Liverpool have dropped points against the likes of West Brom, Fulham, Newcastle and Southampton during Jota’s injury absence and Nicol claims that the front three are struggling to score as well as create chances for their team.

The Reds are still at the top of the Premier League table and it will be interesting to see if they can turn their form around in the coming weeks and retain their title  this season.