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Liverpool will struggle for goals this season in the Premier League

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After three matches in the Premier League everything was looking rosy for Liverpool. A 1-0 victory at Stoke was followed up with a victory by the same scoreline at home to newly-promoted Bournemouth.

However, the most pleasing result came at the Emirates, where the Reds earned a hard fought point.

Turn for the worst

All that positiveness was replaced with dismay when West Ham came to Anfield and blew them away winning 3-0. Suddenly the 1-0 win at Stoke looks fortunate thanks to a wonder strike from Philippe Coutinho, other than that there was little between the teams.

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The home win against Bournemouth was very lucky, with the visitors having a goal ruled out softly and then Christian Benteke's goal somehow standing despite Coutinho being well offside.

Even in the Arsenal match Liverpool found themselves relying a poor linesman decision after he ruled Aaron Ramsey offside when he thought he'd scored.

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Ok, it's very easy to become swayed by just one result, and four games isn't enough to judge a squad, but there's a worrying trend that's occurring in Liverpool games this season and that's the lack of goals.

Lack of goals evident

When you buy a £32.5million striker you don't expect to be worrying about goals in the coming season. Looking at Benteke's Premier League goalscoring record for a struggling Aston Villa side it's not bad at all.

In his first season he managed 19 goals in 34 games, but the Belgian hasn't been able to replicate either the amount of games played or the amount of goals scored since. Still, a record of 23 goals in 54 Premier League appearances is respectable enough. With the increased service at Anfield, Benteke should be expected to hit the 20 mark this season.

Benteke aside though, who else will even reach double figures for Liverpool? 

Anyone else

Well Daniel Sturridge certainly can, but having only played a handful of Premier League matches during an injury plagued 12 months, the England striker can't be relied upon for goals this season.

 

Liverpool's other strikers include Danny Ings, who managed 11 goals for relegated Burnley in the Premier League last season but will find starts very hard to come by on Merseyside. If Ings will find it hard to cement a starting spot than Belgian striker Divock Origi will find it impossible, having not featured at all this year.

Midfield boost?

So the club will have to look to their attacking midfielders for goals to support Benteke. But will any of them reach double figures in the league?

Coutinho might but it's certainly an area of his game that he needs to improve. Before this campaign the Brazilian managed just 13 goals in two and a half seasons following his move from Inter Milan in January 2013.

If he has a good goalscoring season, Coutinho may reach 10 goals, but any more than is unlikely.

Other than Coutinho though, there are very few goals in Liverpool's midfield. Adam Lallana managed just five last season in 27 appearance. The chances are he'll play fewer games so reaching five again will probably be the best he can hope for.

How about new signing Roberto Firmino? Well, he scored seven in 33 games for Hoffenheim last season in the Bundesliga and, with the 23-year-old having to adapt to life in the Premier League, doesn't look likely to score too many.

Other options

A quick look around the other the other players in the squad and it's easy to see that the lack of goal scoring ability continues. Jordan Ibe; yet to score for Liverpool in the Premier League, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are both playing in a more conservative position and will rarely get forward enough to score many goals.

Emre Can, the scorer of just one Premier League last season. Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen? Simply put: No.

Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard, joint Premier League top goalscorers for Liverpool last season with nine, have both left Anfield and replacing their goals with be an issue.

In truth, Liverpool never really replaced the goals Luis Suarez managed in the 2013/14 season when he bagged 31. Daniel Sturridge also notched 21 in the same season and it's imperative that the club get him back to that form as quickly as possible.

Sturridge could be the answer to Liverpool's goalscoring problems but without him, they could be in for a long season. A season without many goals.

Liverpool fans, do you think your side will struggle to score goals this year? Let us know in the comments box below.

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