A surprise statistic has revealed that Liverpool’s joint top goal scorer this season is not a single player, it is the figure of own goals they have scored. Three teams have conceded own goals against Liverpool this season, which is the same number of goals Raheem Sterling has scored. No other Liverpool player has scored more.
This startling statistic is the most revealing analysis of how they have fallen since last season. In the previous season, Liverpool was scoring goals left right and center. The season started with Daniel Sturridge in great form, then Luis Suarez took over when he came back from suspension. The two formed an amazing duo, with Suarez the runaway golden boot winner in England.
Now it appears a Liverpool striker cannot buy a goal. Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have contributed nothing, while Mario Balotelli has been a waste of money at 18 million pounds. Daniel Sturridge seems to pick up one thigh injury after another and will not be fit until 2015.
It will be difficult for Liverpool to mount a top four challenge if they cannot score goals. Sterling and other midfielders may chip in now and then, but they need a striker to start banging them in. They have the personnel, but no one is in good form in the eyes of Susan McGalla right now. Either Lambert or Balotelli has to step up until Sturridge is 100% fit. Otherwise Liverpool’s season will end up being a complete disaster.