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Firmino, Mane & Salah: The best Premier League trio ever?

| 17.04.2020

Liverpool have been running rings around defences both at home and abroad for the last two seasons. But is their front three the best the Premier League has ever seen?

We’ve delved into the archives and pulled out three more potent trios that could go toe-to-toe with the Reds’ hotshots.

Firmino, Mane & Salah

Club: Liverpool

Years together: 2017-Present

Trophies won: 2018/19 UEFA Champions League; 2020 FIFA Club World Cup

A Premier League trophy looks set to fill their cabinets, but even so, this boisterous attacking triad have already made a name for themselves in the modern game.

In their first season together the trio banged in 57 Premier League goals in 2017/18 which proved to be a sign of things to come.

Last season they put on a combined 56 goals as the club lost one league game and were only pipped to the title by a single point by Manchester City

And now, in 2019/20 they are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League – with 38 goals and 20 assists between them.

Lethal.

Henry, Bergkamp, Pires

(L-R) Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires

Club: Arsenal

Years together: 2000-06

Trophies won: Premier League 2001/02, 2003/04; FA Cup 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05

The Gunners already had Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp at the club by the time Robert Pires rocked up at the turn of the millennium.

But the trio soon hit it off – alongside the tricky Freddie Ljungberg with the now legendary moniker of ‘The Invincibles’ marking the team’s legacy.

Bergkamp’s guile was complimented by Henry’s clinical finishing and Pires’ arrival gave them a mix of sublime steeliness too.

Silverware reined in, including the league and cup double win in 2002. But more was to come as the 2003/04 unbeaten league season gave them the immortality they deserved.

Sane, Aguero, Sterling

Club: Manchester City

Years together: 2016-Present

Trophies won: Community Shield 2018, 2019; Premier League 2017/18, 2018/19; FA Cup 2018/19; League Cup 2017/18, 2018/19

With pace to burn and a stone-cold finisher in your side you usually find a way to win games. And Man City have won a helluva a lot of them in the past three seasons.

Sergio Aguero has arguably been the Premier League’s greatest striker – save Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer perhaps.

Since 2016, Aguero has blasted 72 league goals in three and a bit seasons but now has two flying wingers alongside who have a nose for goal too.

Raheem Sterling became more potent, notching 17 and 18 league goals in the previous two seasons. And to the other side, Leroy Sane was a constant menace – with the crucial winner in the victory over Liverpool last season.

With Sane looking likely to leave the Etihad soon, it may take time to appreciate just how good these three were together.

Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez

(L-R) Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo

Club: Manchester United

Years together: 2007-2009

Trophies won: Community Shield 2008; Premier League 2007/08, 2008/09; UEFA Champions League 2007/08; League Cup 2008/09; FIFA World Club Cup 2008

In an electrifying two seasons together, a front three of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo gave defences up and down the country nightmares.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful sides were often built on a water-tight defence and skilful midfielders, but they bucked the trend here.

Ronaldo was fast becoming the no nonsense bagsman we know now, and the Rooney-Tevez axis provided the selflessness and swagger.

They bagged an impressive haul of trophies in their brief time together – and it just leaves you thinking what they could have become had Ronaldo and Tevez stuck around?

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Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.