We are now firmly at the business end of the 2021/22 football season around Europe.

With titles, trophies, European qualification and relegation all to be decided across the continent over the next month, the ability to put the ball in the back of the net has never been so crucial.

Europe’s top sides have invested vast sums in their efforts to put together a prolific attack – and it’s at this point of the campaign that the quality of a club’s attack is truly tested.

With fixtures coming thick and fast as we approach the end of the season, FourFourTwo recently ranked the top 10 attacks in Europe right now.

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Any defenders set to take on these opponents before the end of May are likely in for a tough 90 minutes work.

The best attacks in European football right now (as ranked by FourFourTwo)

10. Chelsea

9. Barcelona

8. Atletico Madrid

7. RB Leipzig

6. Tottenham

5. Real Madrid

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4. Paris Saint-Germain

3. Manchester City

2. Bayern Munich

1. Liverpool

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Although second-placed Bayern Munich have found the net a staggering 92 times in the Bundesliga so far this season, we agree that Liverpool

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 are worthy headliners of this countdown.

On the verge of an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, the Red’s second-string attack would arguably be strong enough to make the cut for this list on their own – underlining the incredible depth of talent Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.

The Reds’ established front line trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been joined in recent times by Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Luis Diaz.

As if any further reinforcements were needed, fan favourite Divok Origi will still be on the bench at Anfield until the end of the season, always capable of coming up with a vital goal when called upon.

The Merseysiders are involved in an epic tussle with Manchester City for this season’s Premier League crown, with Pep Guardiola’s squad boasting plenty of attacking flair itself.

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No less than six City stars are into double figures in terms of goals this term – Riyad Mahrez (23), Kevin de Bruyne (15), Raheem Sterling (14), Bernardo Silva (13), Phil Foden (13) and Gabriel Jesus (12) – and each will be looking to add to those individual tallies before the end of the campaign.

The rumoured addition of Erling Haaland in the summer will make City an even more intimidating prospect next season, should the move happen.

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Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi should – on reputation – be placed higher than fourth on the list.

However, despite sauntering to the Ligue 1 title unchallenged this term, PSG’s attack has been routinely underwhelming given the talent that is a part of it.

Real Madrid – spearheaded by Ballon d’Or favourite Karim Benzema and exciting Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior – perhaps deserve better than than the fifth-place slot, particularly given that Los Blancos are still vying to add the Champions League trophy to their La Liga success this term, having already dumped PSG out of Europe’s elite club competition.

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The likes of Tottenham, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea have all fallen short of where they might have hoped to achieve this time last year.

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That said, each will be looking to bounce back strongly in 2022/23. They certainly possess the attacking talent to do so.

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