Our midfielders have plenty of opportunities to play players in and never do. Game after game they turn down hard passes for sideways onesWhile that's part of the problem, it's not going to have that huge a difference. Not with our current forwards, anyway. What was it in those first 3 games? 65 shots and no goals? Of course it's true "Haaland would struggle to score in our team". But keep everything else the same, if we had him, he would be our top scorer.
Our forwards don't have to do everything. Hold off a defender and get a powerful shot in. That's what they need to do. They are given opportunities for that, yet just don't do it enough, because they can't do it. Being able to make and/or find space and/or winning a battle with a defender when there is no space. Our forwards are inconsisent and below par at all of this. . Swap Jota for Fabio, leave everything else the same, and Liverpools goals total drops and ours increases.
What midfielder is going to thrive when told "oh, don't put the ball in the air, we have no aerial presence"? And "don't play the ball in behind, our forwards can't keep up and haven't got the anticipation and will probably be way out wide anyway". "Just take long shots yourself, that's your best bet".