Former Everton star Andy Gray has said that Liverpool are overconfident on the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and that could cost them in the quest for the Premier League title. The attacking trio have carried over the form from the previous campaign and their efforts have helped them cement the top spot in the Premier League after 10 games into the season.
He told: “They might not win the league if one or two of the front three suddenly don’t click or one of them gets injured. They are so reliant [on the front three], more than City, City get goals from everywhere. Very creative from midfield and get goals from midfield, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, I could go on.
“They supplement the front three at Man City. Who supplements the front three at Liverpool? No one, no one really. Fabinho never scores, [Jordan] Henderson never scores, the real positive that has happened to them in them last week is [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain. [Divock] Origi isn’t going to get them and who have they got apart from Origi?”
The Reds have a six-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the league standings but that advantage could be nullified, should the latter win the head-to-head battles. As such, the Merseyside giants can’t afford to show any complacency in the lead-up to the first meeting between the clubs in November. The Citizens took four points from the Reds last season. Liverpool have a League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal on Wednesday and Jurgen Klopp may decide to play the young and fringe players with the priority likely to be given to the Premier League.