Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has rubbished criticism of his sides highly-rated front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The Reds forwards gained a reputation as being one of Europe’s most deadly attacking triumvirate last season and they became the first three players from a single team to score more than 10 goals in a Champions League campaign during Jurgen Klopp’s sides run to the final in Kiev last May.
Liverpool have made their best ever start in the Premier League this season and sit joint top of the table with Man City, although their success seems to be built more on their defensive solidity with the Reds having conceded just three top flight goals.
Many observers have suggested that Salah, Mane and Firmino are not hitting anywhere near heights they did last season.
However, Henderson is adamant that his side remain as much of an attacking force as they were last season and he has denied that Liverpool have sacrificed fluidity in forward areas to become more solid in defence.
“I know there is a lot of discussion externally at the moment about how we are getting results and comparisons being made to previous Liverpool sides of the last few years,” Henderson writes in his column in Liverpool’s official matchday programme.
“Just to be clear, as the gaffer has said repeatedly, it’s not a case of looking to sacrifice adventure and attack to become more solid. In fact, I think some of the football we have played so far this season has been as good as anything at this stage of a campaign I’ve been involved with.
“From my position on the pitch I have a pretty decent view of what is happening ahead of me and the shift the front lads are putting in means we set the tone for a more solid approach. I really don’t buy into the talk that they’re not as fluid as they were last season – that’s nonsense for me.
“Of course we know we need to improve, but that should be a given regardless. So far we’ve been unlucky in front of goal, but again that’s common in the first few months of a season. I think back to the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. We were as incisive and creative as in any big game I can remember, but the chances didn’t quite fall or their keeper produced a ‘worldie’.”
Liverpool face Red Star Belgrade tonight at Anfield in the Champions League, although Henderson is set to miss out through injury.