Gordon signs, Nunez on notice, Salah dilemma - Liverpool dream attack with Arne Slot plan

Anthony Gordon
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At one point last season, Liverpool's attack was one of the best in the Premier League. In fact, not many forward lines across European football had the threat that the Reds' did.

Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz all played over 50 games in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp's side, scoring 47 goals between them. Mohamed Salah scored 25 goals in 44 games while Diogo Jota added 15 in 32 games.

Following an almost perfect winter period, which saw Liverpool lose just two games in 26 league games, the Reds fell short in the Premier League title race to Manchester City and Arsenal. However, it was defensive woes that let them down with just three clean sheets kept in 2024 (18 games).

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Interest in Salah and Diaz means, albeit a very minimal chance of them departing, has resulted in numerous attackers being linked with a move to Merseyside. In hindsight, Liverpool's attack isn't desperate for reinforcements, but the sheer quality of their title rivals means Slot will need the best attacking options possible.

Many would assume that Liverpool's current options already give Slot a real chance of bringing success to the club. However, the newly-constructed transfer team at the club could think otherwise and interest in external attackers would point towards that.

When Liverpool kick-off the Slot era at Portman Road to face Ipswich Town on August 17, the front three could be slightly different to how they lined up last season. Here, the ECHO takes a look at the Reds' dream forward line.

Mohamed Salah

For many, Salah is the first name on the team sheet for Liverpool. Maybe without Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, the Egyptian is one of the best players at the club and continues to make his mark. Despite being 32, Salah's quality remains vital for Liverpool and that won't change this season.

Coming in off the right, he has the capability to come alive within seconds. His bond with supporters and impressive goalscoring record means he's to play a key role under Slot.

Darwin Nunez

Nunez has been in the Premier League for two seasons now and yet, there's still doubts over his quality. He has scored 33 goals since moving from Benfica, including 18 last term, but there remains shade over whether he is the man to take the club forward.

However, there has been evidence of his ability to make an impact and receiving the support of Slot could be the kick he needs to become a world-class forward. It should be said, though, another campaign of inconsistency could mark the end of his time in England.

Anthony Gordon

Gakpo's impressive Euro 2024 campaign does provide Slot with a selection headache on the left-hand side, as does Luis Diaz's obvious talent. However, interest from Barcelona for the Colombian and Gakpo's blatant versatility to play down the middle means Gordon could be the signing needed.

A potential move to Anfield failed to happen before June 30's PSR deadline but it is understood that Gordon is interested in the move. A forward-thinking, energetic left-sided forward would certainly lift the Reds' threat for next season.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will come back in with a new bid for Gordon. A new and improved offer could tempt Newcastle and Slot would then have one of the most dangerous front threes in Europe.

This front three, with Gakpo, Diaz and Jota ready to come off the bench and make an impact, enhances Liverpool's chances of hitting the ground running under Slot. Salah's inverted threat is not bettered by any other wingers in the league and Gordon's ability to come inside or beat the full-back on the outside leaves Nunez with the space centrally to cause damage.