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This one seems obvious but when Liverpool were flying high and flirting with winning the title a few years back, the biggest critique of that side was that they were a two-man team. Gerrard and Torres accounted for nearly 40 percent of the goals Liverpool scored in the Premier league during the 2008-2009 season. So far this campaign, Luis Suarez has a share of around 30 percent. If he were to have capitalized on some of the many chances he's created and had a bit more luck, that percentage would be even more inflated.
The fact that Dalglish is in charge during this period in Liverpool's history is invaluable. He provides the continuity in a period of transition for many aspects of life at Anfield. A change in ownership just happens to coincide with a change in the old guard.
Every elite level team has a constant shuffle of talented players moving through their ranks, but Liverpool for more than a decade have been able to count on Gerrard to provide the grit and drive that competing in the Premier League requires. As much skill and ability as the elite players around Europe possess, few can claim to be able to change the complexion of a match through sheer determination and intelligence.
Despite the injury, it would be unwise to bet against Gerrard having a significant role to play this season and for a couple seasons to follow. But relying on a player who is in and out of the side to score a lion's share of your goals is folly.
The Reds have equipped themselves well since they have spent the first quarter of the season without their talisman, but they will most certainly have to do better. Suarez will hit a wall somewhere during this term and won't be able to be so prodigious every match. An extra goal here and there is going to have to come from somewhere.
Charlie Adam has been fantastic so far this season and we need to get forward more often to supplement the attack. Stewart Downing, after a bright start, has come off the boil slightly and is still in search of his first goal in a Reds jersey. He needs to provide more attacking thrust and chip in with more goals.
Andy Carroll has come on as of late, but we still have yet to see him at his best. I think this is largely because of the role he has been asked to play. Unlike other big men, Carroll was more effective at Newcastle picking up the ball in midfield, linking up the attack and then rejoining the line after the ball is distributed outside. Hopefully Dalglish will find his most potent role for the Reds.
Since the spending spree over the last year, Liverpool have added a lot of proven talent and possess many great prospects for the future. But in order for Liverpool to be playing Champions League football come next season, goals will need to come from elsewhere.