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Liverpool's star-studded attack..

Video shows the genius tactics behind the Mane, Firmino and Salah trio

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Say what you like about Liverpool this season but their attacking line-up is simply incredible.

The so-called 'Fab Four' of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho has proven the mother of all foils for latent defensive problems at the club. If there's a problem at Anfield, it certainly isn't goal scoring.

You only need to look at the 3-0 battering of Southampton, 4-0 demolition of Arsenal and a handful of Champions League routs to see just how effective Liverpool's attacking quartet can be.

Nevertheless, aside from the fact it's made of four fantastic players, putting your finger on exactly what makes the 'Fab Four' so lethal isn't easy.

The task is even more difficult when you remove the creative influence of Coutinho. The Brazilian is being repeatedly linked with a Barcelona switch and is often the architect of goals for the triumvirate ahead of him.

And yet, regardless of Coutinho, the Salah-Firmino-Mane connection, when played, doesn't descend into an anarchic mesh of forward runs and pace.

There is a far more calculated, organised and tactical secret behind the trio that has overwhelmed so many teams in the Premier League this season.

Fans will never truly get into the mind of Jurgen Klopp when it comes to attacking strategy but the superb observations of YouTuber 'Nouman' are pretty much the next best thing.

Sifting through clips from across the season, he established exactly what made Liverpool's attacking trio click and it's thoroughly interesting. Take a look below:

One of the key factors behind their success, lies with the positioning of Firmino. The Brazilian is often chosen, out of the three, to drop deep and draw centre-backs away from the wider runs of Salah and Mane during counterattacks.

If Firmino is closed down, he can pass to one of his teammates in acres of space and if not, he can deliver a diagonal ball from his own space.

As for Mane, the 25-year-old has almost complete artistic license and tends to make inside runs between full-back and centre-back when the ball is with Salah on the opposite wing.

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The Egyptian takes on a similar role, but with minor alterations given his skill as a poacher and ability to take on defenders one-on-one. 

This sees Salah inherit the role of a centre forward when Liverpool are in the final third, owing to his marriage of prolific goal scoring and deadliness along the wing.

And those three roles combined, makes for one hell of an attack.

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