There are not many words left to describe Liverpool’s unrivalled dominance under Jurgen Klopp in past few years. During this time, the Reds won every major trophy available, establishing themselves as one of the teams to be feared. The goal-scoring threat of their frontmen was a defining feature of their utter dominance. In front of goal, their biggest contributors were the illustrious trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino. However, the trio got broken at the beginning of the season when Mane moved to German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
Next could be Firmino’s turn. If latest reports are to be believed then then Brazilian will be leaving Anfield in the summer as a free agent. That would leave Salah as the sole survivor of the famed trio. Nonetheless, they all contributed to the Reds dominating England and being a threatening force in Europe alike. If Liverpool’s goal contribution since the 2015/16 season is taken into consideration, these three players will top the chart with astronomical figures.
Most goal involvements for Liverpool in all competitions since 2015/16 season
Salah’s inclusion on the list comes as no surprise given that the Egyptian was constantly in the spotlight due to his incredible goal-scoring streaks. However, what comes as a shock is seeing Firmino in second place ahead of Mane. If the Brazilian had one criticism, it was that he did not score enough goals despite playing up top for a dominant Liverpool side. However, what Firmino lacked in goals, he made up for it with his assists, link-up play, intense pressing, and tireless work rate.
Roberto Firmino might not be a prolific goal scorer but his overall contribution to Liverpool’s attacking play makes him a favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp. Despite repeatedly being criticised for his lack of goals, Klopp continued to deploy the Brazilian at the tip of his attack. The manager’s persistence was vindicated, as Firmino became the key component in linking up Salah on the right and Mane on the left.
How Roberto Firmino became pivotal to Liverpool’s attack?
Unlike the traditional centre-forward, Roberto Firmino did not make too many forward runs. Instead he dropped deep to receive balls in advanced midfield positions and released the balls to the feet of Salah and Mane. Those two might not have scored so many goals had it not been for Firmino’s selfless teamwork. Besides, the Brazilian used to make a lot of off-the-ball runs and would take the opposing defenders with him, thereby creating vacant spaces for their attackers.
Firmino has been involved in 177 goals across all competitions for Liverpool since his first season with the club in 2015/16. They are broken down into 107 goals and 70 assists, according to data provided by Opta Analyst. Mohamed Salah – as expected – tops this list with 243 goal involvements during the same period. Check the table below to find out which other Liverpool players have made it into this prestigious list: