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Toshack exclusive: Trophies not goal records needed for Liverpool front three

John Toshack knows a thing or two about scoring goals for Liverpool.

The towering Welshman formed a famous 'little & large' combo with the pint-sized Kevin Keegan during the 1970's, helping the club win three First Division titles and two UEFA Cups.

There have been many great partnerships at Anfield since; Rush and Dalglish, Fowler and Collymore, Suarez and Sturridge to name a few.

Jurgen Klopp's forward trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could be added to that list given their historic 2017/18 campaign.

Liverpool became the first club in the Champions League with three players to score 10 or more goals across a single campaign, as the trio combined for 87 goals across Europe and the Premier League.

However, the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid meant those exploits yielded zero silverware for the Anfield trophy cabinet.

Fast forward to today, and it is no coincidence that Liverpool's recent struggles, which have seen them drop to second on the Premier League table, have coincided with quiet performances from their front three.

And according to Toshack, their goal records will mean nothing if they are unable to deliver silverware for the Merseyside club.

"They have fantastic goalscoring records these players at the moment, as they say the game has changed it a lot," Toshack told Tribalfootball.com.

"We never judged on how many goals we scored. We judged it on how many trophies we won as a team.

"I mean I never thought 'Keegan scores 100 goals' Toshack scores 100 goals or whatever, we thought about, right, eight years three championships, that was what our thinking was about if you like.

"It wasn't about how goals we scored. Football is a team game and at the end of the day you should be judged more as a collective than on an individual basis. That's the way we also looked at it."

Liverpool host Bournemouth at Anfield tomorrow afternoon, while Manchester City face Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday.

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