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Steven Gerrard nails his comparison between Liverpool's front three in 2014 and 2018

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Just in case people had forgotten just how brilliant Liverpool's attack was, Jurgen Klopp's mercurial triumvirate put on quite the show against Porto.

A trip to the Estádio do Dragão looked to pose a potential banana skin for the Reds, but Liverpool have already booked themselves a place in the quarter-finals with a 5-0 thrashing. Funnily enough, it's hard to see Porto scoring six at Anfield.

It was quite the night for Sadio Mane in particular. Often touted as the weakest link in Liverpool's front three, the Senegalese forward was a menace on the left wing and bagged a brilliant hat-trick.

Mohamed Salah also etched his name onto the scoresheet with another fantastic showing, latching onto a rebound to finish past José Sá in frankly outrageous fashion.

The final goalscorer came in the form of the forever-underrated Roberto Firmino who raised his tally to 21 for the season in another display of furious hard work and tracking back.

Comparisons between the 2014 and 2018 attack

Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand were on duty for BT Sport on Wednesday night and couldn't compliment the trio enough, and with good reason.

As their post-match analysis closed, though, presenter Gary Lineker couldn't help posing the question: is the current attack better than the trio of 2014? Firmino-Mane-Salah or Luis Suarez-Daniel Sturrridge-Raheem Sterling?

How Gerrard answered the question was pretty perfect and when you consider he played alongside the latter, it speaks absolute volumes.


Firmino-Mane-Salah are a 'better blend'

“What I would say about the comparisons between Suarez and this current team is that there is a better blend here (in the current team)," Gerrard decided.

“With Mane you have the pace and directness, with Firmino you have the touch and hold-up play and securing the ball, and then you have Salah that gives you a bit of both and delivers goals.

“The blend is superb.

“There's no greed in the team, there's nobody who is selfish. They all pass the ball to each other.

“If someone is in a better area, they look for each other. And they are all getting in on the act because they know they are going to score heavily.”

He doesn't technically answer which trio is better but his argument that the 2018 attack has better chemistry is bang on the money.

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For all the quality of the 2014 trio, you get the impression that they mainly revolved around Suarez whereas the current group is a fluid attack that can, oh-so literally, hurt opposition left, right and centre.

Just imagine if a peak Gerrard was the supply line to them!

Which Liverpool attack do you think is better - 2014 or 2018? Have your say in the comments section below.

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