Stats: Are Firmino, Salah and Mane better than Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge?

2018-02-16 16:37:22

In recent years we have been treated to some highly potent attacking trios in football .

Barcelona's Lionel Messi , Luis Suarez and Neymar or PSG's Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar are just a couple of front three's who have lit up European football, but is a new troublesome trio emerging?

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane's devastating forward play has made headlines across the footballing world this campaign.

Initially they were nicknamed the 'Fab Four' but Barca broke up that band when they acquired Philippe Countinho for £142million in January.

Despite the loss of Coutinho, the three have still gone onto torment defences.

Firmino, Salah and Mane ripped apart Porto's helpless defence in Liverpool's emphatic 5-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie most recently.

They also scored a goal apiece in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Manchester City which helped inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on Pep Guardiola's side.

And Steven Gerrard suggested that the Reds' current crop is better than the front line of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling that the former Liverpool captain played alongside.

Gerrard cited a 'better blend' of attacking football between Firmino, Salah and Mane as his reason behind his judgment, but how do the stats of both trios in Premier League games read?

At this point, both trios have played an equal amount of league games together and the Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling partnership comes out on top.

What's most impressive in these tables is that Liverpool did not lose a single game 2013/14 season when all three of them started the game.

However, Firmino, Salah and Mane have lost twice - against Manchester City and Swansea City - when they have all started.

The 2013/14 crop also come out on top in terms of goals scored and a combined goals per game average.

However, there are still eleven games left in the 2017/18 season, so Firmino, Salah and Mane have the opportunity to increase their tallies and boost the goals per game average too.

Both trios have the same overall assists average of 0.25 per game but the 2017/18 three have the opportunity to increase that from now until the end of the season.

Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling arguably had the better impact but there is still potentially more to come from Firmino, Salah and Mane and the stats could make for completely different reading in May.

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