There has never been a better time to drop Roberto Firmino. The striker is finally enjoying the plaudits he deserves, with pundits and rival fans alike showering him with praise following his unselfish display against Burnley.
With Firmino at the peak of his powers, now may seem like an odd time to drop the striker. Yet Liverpool’s game against Newcastle this weekend is the ideal time to rest the Brazilian.
Liverpool should drop Firmino not just for his sake but also in order to give Origi the shot he deserves. The shiny toothed striker competed in the Copa America over the summer and has played in all 4 of Liverpool’s Premier League games since. His compatriot, Alisson Becker has not been as lucky – picking up a nasty calf injury on the opening day. With the pair subject to a reduced preseason due to international competition, injury risk is high.
Roberto Firmino is vital to Liverpool’s success – when he plays well then so do Liverpool. The last thing the Reds need is an injury to Bobby. With the striker having played most of a 2-2 draw against Colombia and set to play against Peru tomorrow – somebody has to give him a rest.
Liverpool should drop Firmino and start Divock Origi. The Kop has fallen in love with the Belgian in recent years due to his eye for a crucial goal. Newcastle have just 1 win in 4 games this season. Steve Bruce’s side will find Anfield a tough visit. It is the perfect time to give Firmino a rest and Divvy a game.