Liverpool’s hidden attacking weapon & the unlikely source profiting – Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool’s hidden attacking weapon & the unlikely source profiting – Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool have scored 22 headed goals since the start of last season – more than any other team in the Premier League.

Title rivals Tottenham Hotspur are the closest challengers to Jurgen Klopp’s side with 15 headers overall while Burnley, Everton and Manchester City managed 13.

Sadio Mane, moreover, was the joint-top marksman in terms of headed efforts last term – alongside Chris Wood and Aleksandar Mitrovic – with six goals despite standing at 5″9.

Mane has taken full advantage of the aerial service provided but Firmino and Virgil van Dijk have also profited with four each while Divock Origi has three.

Joel Matip, who headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner against Arsenal earlier this season, has two while Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Fabinho claim one apiece.

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Alexander-Arnold has bagged an impressive 14 assists during this period while left full-back Andrew Robertson has 11 but the overall record remains varied.

Trent set-up both of Matip’s headers, Keita at Southampton at the back-end of last season and Van Dijk against Newcastle United and Watford respectively.

Robertson also helped the Dutchman score against the Hornets and laid on Firmino’s effort against Tottenham.

Jordan Henderson, however, supplied the delivery for Mane’s header against Chelsea at Anfield while Salah crossed for Fabinho’s only Liverpool goal to date which came at the expense of Newcastle.



Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson wins a header during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Wijnaldum, meanwhile, headed home a corner at Tottenham which was punched clear and has no direct assist.

Liverpool’s aerial threat is made even more impressive when considering Firmino is the tallest of Klopp’s regular attacking trio but still stands under six foot.

Matip’s early-season goalscoring form and the consistent threat of Van Dijk – who has scored eight goals in all competitions since joining in January 2018 – means the Reds now possess a danger that largely goes under the radar in the Premier League.

With rivals focused on stopping Salah, Mane and Firmino, putting balls into the penalty area has became a hidden weapon that is yielding goals and points in Liverpool’s quest for further glory.

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