Liverpool FC 2015/16 Player Ratings: Forwards

The final part of the series where the performances of the Reds' attackers are analysed out of 10.

Liverpool FC 2015/16 Player Ratings: Forwards
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The goals have been well spread around Liverpool's squad this season, with Lucas Leiva being the only outfield player with over ten appearances who failed to hit the back of the net.

However, there has been a lack of a prolific individual goalscorers within their ranks with another injury-hit season from Daniel Sturridge, the indifferent form of Christian Benteke and an early end to the campaign for Danny Ings through injury, too.

Divock Origi filled the void at times, improving greatly after a slow start to the season and Roberto Firmino impressed after his summer transfer. Yet, with a tally of 13 goals in all competitions the most from any Liverpool player, better strike rates will be expected next term.

Reds' strikers enjoyed differing success

Daniel Sturridge: Starting with the man responsible for those 13 goals, it is quite remarkable that Daniel Sturridge still finished as the club's top scorer considering his injury problems. Every time the England striker seemed to be returning to full fitness, another injury setback would occur and he waited until the business end of the season to find a long run of games. Tactical adjustments and the form of Divock Origi required the number 15 to wait for his chance on the bench at times, sparking rumours of a rift with his manager that may have been blown out of proportion. Sturridge continued his outstanding record for Liverpool when he was on the pitch, though, netting important goals such as his finish at home to Villarreal. His goal in the final of the Europa League was memorable, even if the game was not, and underlined what a fine striker he is. Another injury plagued season but showed he is capable of being the Reds' main man when fit. 7/10.

Christian Benteke: A big striker who commanded an even bigger transfer fee, the Belgian's arrival at Anfield was instantly questioned due to his aerial strength and Liverpool's lack of crossing into the box. A season which saw him rarely afforded a starting berth and hindered by the odd injury, Benteke cannot be pleased with his first season on Merseyside. Despite his problems he still netted 10 times, including a ridiculous bicycle kick at Old Trafford in the Premier League defeat, but could and maybe should have added to his tally more often. An open goal missed at home to Leicester perhaps summed up the former Aston Villa man's campaign and he has frequently been rumoured to be on his way out of the club after just one season. I'd personally like to see him used as a squad player at the club, but I'm not the one paying his wages. 4/10.

Divock Origi: An underwhelming loan-spell back at Lille and a fairly slow start to the season may have lead many to doubt the young Belgian, even so early in his Liverpool career. However, a hat-trick in the League Cup at St.Mary's marked the start of an excellent back-end to the season for Origi, going onto to score another seven, including a very well-taken strike at the Westfalenstadion. Injury ended his season early, bar a brief appearance in Basel, but he got the fans excited on occasion this term with his pace, power and skillful footwork. A good half a season for him which came after a poor start, could be a key player in 2016/17. 7/10.

Origi quickly became very popular with Liverpool fans after some good displays. (Echo)
Origi quickly became very popular with Liverpool fans after some good displays. (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Roberto Firmino: Another player who the club spent big money on in the summer, but unlike Benteke, the Brazillian has won much acclaim in his debut season at Anfield. He took a little while to get going but once he did he became a major player for the side. He showed some composed finishing as well as wonderful creative play that saw him register a combined goals and assists total of 20. A screamer against Arsenal at Anfield, a dominant display against United in the Europa League and the beginnings of a partnership with Coutinho were notable highlights. Also, what the former-Hoffenheim player did to Roberto Soldado of Villarreal was an example of the flair he possesses, leaving the Spaniard looking silly after producing a magic piece of skill to turn away from him. Like Coutinho, Firmino needs to add consistency to his game, as both Brazilians failed to make their mark on the Reds' biggest game of the season in Basel. If he is able to do this, he could live up to his big price-tag. 7/10.

Danny Ings: Ings arrived at Anfield as a player without a price-tag and his season was ended by an injury long before the tribunal fee had been agreed. What was seen of the ex-Burnley forward before his injury though was promising, as he hit a trio of goals against rivals, Everton, Norwich City and Carlisle United in the League Cup. Having almost recovered from his knee injury before the end of the season, he will be raring to go ahead of next term and Klopp has already praised the young forward's attitude. What the club do in terms of ins and more importantly 'outs' this summer, will determine how much of a look-in Ings will get next season as he puts a disappointing 2015/16 behind him. N/A.