Roberto Firmino might be the unexpected beneficiary of Jurgen Klopp’s decision to move Jordan Henderson further forward and bring Naby Keita into the starting line-up.
Liverpool’s last two games have been quite encouraging even if the Reds haven’t really performed at their best. Southampton were put to the sword in a dramatic 3-1 win at St. Mary’s while Porto were beaten 2-0 at Anfield.
Keita, who fans have been desperate to see in action, has impressed in a big way since he was handed a start against Southampton. Two goals in two games for the Guinean has seen him breathe new life into this Liverpool side.
Similarly, Jordan Henderson has been given a new lease on life as a no.8 after spending the last year and a half playing as a holding midfielder.
And while the two midfielders will be delighted with their new roles in the side, Roberto Firmino might be the unexpected beneficiary of the squad shakeup.
The Brazilian was incredible last season, scoring 25 goals and setting up a further 14 in all competitions.
His form was a major factor in his side reaching the Champions League final but this season he has lacked that magic that made him the most complete forward in the Premier League.
Now, however, with more creativity in central areas coming from Keita and Henderson, Firmino is seeing an increase in his offensive output as he no longer needs to drop deeper in order to get things going for the Reds.
Bobby Firmino celebrating his assist is the most Bobby Firmino thing ever 👏 pic.twitter.com/XdLaTeWBZM
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) April 6, 2019
Since Klopp gave Henderson and Keita their new roles in midfield, it has had a positive impact on Firmino’s output, with the Brazilian scoring one and assisting twice in his last two appearances.
With the remaining games this season of enormous importance, the Reds will be hoping Firmino continues his purple patch to win silverware for the club.