After 27 Premier League matches this season, Liverpool have found the back of the net on 47 occasions.

Only Manchester City and Manchester United, who occupy the top two spots in the table, have scored more.

But at the same time last season Liverpool had scored 61.

Having just beaten Norwich on matchday 26 in 2019/20, the same number of games the Reds have played this year, Liverpool were on 76 points - a full 33 more than they have now - and while the reasons for that are obvious, they do need to improve.

Mohamed Salah has scored more goals this year than he did in the whole of last, so the drop-off is not down to him.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scored 27 times in the league last season - split 18 and nine respectively - but so far this season, that is down to 13 - seven and six respectively.

As was discussed on a recent Agenda podcast from Blood Red, Firmino has been overworked, in truth, playing all 18 games while Diogo Jota was out injured or ill, starting in 15 of those.

But there can be no denying that he is underperforming in comparison to expected goals (xG) more than any other Premier League player this season, essentially showing that his standard of finishing statistically has been poor.

Mane has also played a lot of football, missing just five matches throughout this season, having missed double that amount last season.

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He, too, though is underperforming and is not far off Firmino in terms of an underperformance compared to xG, with the pair making up two of the top three players who are underperming most in that regard across the whole Premier League.

Jota is now back, though, and while not too much pressure must be placed on the Portuguese's shoulders to turn around Liverpool's season, he will help.

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He will also offer a reminder as to the solution.

Liverpool will not be selling any of their front line this summer - even if they wanted to, they would not be able to find a buyer at an acceptable price, given the financial restraints on Real Madrid and Barcelona, in particular.

Rather, they need to add further to their attacking options in a player of a similar mould to Jota - someone capable of coming into the team and scoring goals, fitting the same style and having the ceiling to improve, but also someone happy to start on the bench at certain times.

Harvey Elliott will be another option after returning from his successful loan spell with Blackburn.

But the issue that Liverpool have found this season is that while Jota has come in and done well, he has been injured and other options either have been too, or have not been fully trusted.

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Having Liverpool's first-choice front three, plus Jota, Elliott and a new signing - given that Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino could all move on this summer - would be a better balance and a significant upgrade.

Klopp would then have the option of moving to a front four and still having a reliable option on the bench. Liverpool would also have a chance to rotate more and give players a rest, which has simply not been possible while Jota has been out.

With Jota and a second version of the Portuguese, Liverpool would have two players ready to phase into the front line long-term, and options capable of providing back-up in the meantime.

The clamour for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland is understandable, but it would certainly be a more Michael Edwards-style move to find another gem amidst a noisy transfer market.