Liverpool remain the Premier League's third-top goalscorers this season, despite having drawn a blank in four of their last five home fixtures.

Mohamed Salah remains the top scorer in the division with 17 - just over 36 per cent of Liverpool's league total - and the Reds have only nine fewer goals than Manchester City.

But despite that, the room - and need - for improvement is clear.

Chiefly, Liverpool's two other members of their front three alongside Salah are in need of a significant increase in output.

Roberto Firmino has six Premier League goals and has taken the brunt of the criticism, but Sadio Mane only has one more with seven, with only one of those coming in 2021.

"The biggest drop-off in in the forward line in terms of productivity is Mane," said Ollie Connelly on the Liverpool.com podcast.

"You can go through the others and find their underlying numbers and Firmino is basically as bad at what he does badly as what he was the whole time.

"Liverpool and Liverpool fans have come to accept that he plays three goals below his expected output and that is just who he is - you take his movement and everything else he offers and you deal with it.

"But Mane is playing at a similar level to him now and Liverpool have the two worst finishers in the Premier League.

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"You can have one, but you cannot have two, and the second one cannot be the guy who last season was the most common player in the Premier League in terms of taking you from a point to three points.

"He scored more match-winning and point-winning goals than any other player in the Premier League last season and that has been such a big drop-off this season.

"Firmino has taken a lot of the blame for what has gone wrong this season and Mane has gone under the radar.

"Even with the same opportunities, and the same average distance of shot, Mane is not hitting the target or scoring as consistently.

"For Liverpool to get back into the top four, they need Mane to not even to be the traditional Mane, but just to do what his expected output is."

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The numbers are clear: this season, Mane's league goals have added five points to Liverpool's tally (for comparison, Salah has added 12 points with his).

Last season, Mane added a remarkable 18 points to Liverpool's total with his goals - the most in the team, and more than anyone else across the Premier League - and so he was making much of a decisive impact directly in terms of results.

Liverpool won by a single goal on 13 occasions in the Premier League last season and in eight of those matches, Mane netted - including the winning goal itself five times and winning a late penalty, converted by James Milner against Leicester, for another.

Overhauling the teams above them and getting into the top four is now a tough ask for Liverpool, but if Mane can find some form - not even close to last season's levels, but something closer to his average - that could make the difference.