When Divock Origi smashed an effort off the bar against Burnley on Thursday night, it became apparent that Liverpool might never score a Premier League goal again.
The defending champions haven’t hit the back of the net with any of their 87 shots since Sadio Mane opened the scoring against West Brom in December. Since then, they have gone 432 minutes without a goal: their worst sterile course since Gérard Houlier was in charge.
They have yet to score in the Premier League in 2021, and in case you have any doubts about how weak that distinction is, here is a group of people who have.
Newcastle are one of the few teams to have a poorer record than Liverpool so far this year (they have in fact lost every game in every competition).
They’ve only scored once in the Premier League, in a 2-1 loss to Leicester, and who has scored it other than Andy Carroll?
The former Liverpool target hadn’t hit the back of the net for almost three years when he came off the bench against the Foxes, but now finds himself surpassing the entire Reds squad this calendar year.
Don’t ask me while Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic stepped up to take a penalty against Atletico Madrid. Instead, ask him.
“The idea that I was going to shoot came [manager] Mendilibar. He had been telling me for a long time that I had to take penalties, ”he told Marca.
“Edu Expósito missed the last game against Granada and before the game against Levante they told me that if there was a penalty I would take it myself. It was my turn today, but it’s a shame because it didn’t help. ”
It was a brave call, but when he puts it in the bottom corner like that, you can’t really chat.
Oh yes. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. This Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
The former Arsenal forward has been offered a lifeline in Scotland, and although his large still presence was a bit laughable to begin with, he regularly begins to resemble the player Livingston hoped to get.
He has scored twice in his last two starts, and his recent equalizer against Celtic has added his long name to the long list of players who have scored more goals than Liverpool this year.
Sheffield United haven’t had much luck in front of goal this season, but the Premier League’s lower side would be a lot worse without David McGoldrick.
A player who has already memorized Chelsea when he ended a 15-month scoreless league run at their expense, he has scored five league times this season – including one against Spurs in the 3-1 loss to the Last weekend.
One team that has had no trouble scoring goals since the start of the year is Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored ten times in four games this season, winning four of four, and even Stones have signed up.
As late as November, things were so bad for Stones that he was linked with a move to Arsenal mid-table, but he reappeared to become an important player in City’s charge towards another title.
He hit a brace in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. If you haven’t picked it up yet, that’s two more than Liverpool have managed all year.
Tom King, put everything away and go. You just scored 105 yards – it’s all downhill from there.
The Newport County goaltender was listed in the Guinness World Records for this one, surpassing Asmir Begovic’s previous record for the longest goal in football. But he wasn’t claiming he meant it – instead, he apologized to opposing number Joshua Griffiths. What a man.
“The guys were asking me why I didn’t celebrate, but it’s the Union Goalkeepers and I even apologized to him after the game,” he told South Wales Argus. “I said sorry and if it was the other way around I like to think he would say sorry to me!
“The wind was very swirling but the rebound was incredibly lucky – I almost had one against me when we played against Morecambe at home last year, when I only managed to dig him up. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving side.
“It was weird, I didn’t know how to react. The boys said I should have sprinted to the other corner for a party.
Ashley Barnes’ penalty on Thursday was Burnley’s tenth league goal of the season and the first of 2021.
But, you guessed it, it’s still one more than Liverpool have achieved this year.