Liverpool are miles ahead of Chelsea in terms of their attacking players at the moment, according to former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick.
The Reds beat the Blues in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley yesterday, coming out on top in a lengthy penalty shoot-out which eventually went down to their two goalkeepers.
Still, Chelsea had big chances to win the game and couldn’t take their opportunities, with Mason Mount in particular missing twice when the likes of Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane would surely have scored.
Christian Pulisic also should’ve done better with an early chance, and Chadwick thinks that’s where there’s the most clear gap between the two teams, as evidenced by their very different goal tallies in the Premier League.
“Chelsea don’t have the goals that Liverpool have in their forward ranks. I think Mount and Pulisic are very different players to Salah and Mane,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.
“Obviously those two also come in from out wide, but they’re Liverpool’s main goal-scorers. I think that’s why Chelsea brought Lukaku in to address that problem, but it hasn’t worked out. He’s not fitted into the system and he’s had his problems with injuries.
“Mount does a lot of work and tracking back, whereas Salah tends to stay forward to be ready for counter-attacks and to get into positions to score goals. I don’t think Mount is ever going to be the same as Salah in terms of his goal return, but he’s a great young footballer. He was very unlucky with the shot that hit the post, but he probably should’ve done better with that one that went wide.
“I think when Mount’s at the top of his game he’s going to be a player who can score 10-15 goals a season, whereas Salah is more like 25-30. Chelsea play a different way to Liverpool, but they do need to find the goals to get them over the line in tournaments.