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Firmino should not start up front against Napoli

Liverpool travel to Napoli on Tuesday to get their Champions League campaign underway. The Reds are seeking to retain the trophy for the first time since the 1976-78 seasons. Liverpool battled valiantly away at the San Paolo Stadium last year but had their hearts broken by a last minute Lorenzo Insigne tap in.

The Reds are in world-class form, over the weekend they extended their consecutive win streak to 14 Premier League victories. The star of the show for Jürgen Klopp’s men was undoubtedly Roberto Firmino. With a tough trip to Naples on the cards this week, Firmino shouldn’t start up front for the Reds.

We should drop Firmino into the midfield against Napoli. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Getty Images)

Divock Origi was forced off the pitch with an injury after just 37 minutes. Bobby stepped up and Liverpool turned on the gas, overturning a one-goal deficit to cruise to a 3-1 win. With Origi out, and Napoli missing some key players, now is the perfect time to give Rhian Brewster his European debut. Start Brewster up top and have Firmino just behind him.

Liverpool’s Brazilian striker drew universal acclaim for his performance against Newcastle. He was the creative force behind an irresistible Reds attack. The forward arrived at Liverpool as an attacking midfielder. Why not play to the strength of his versatility against Napoli? Jürgen Klopp could drop Firmino into the point of the midfield and Brewster his European bow in the process.

The English youth prospect could hope for no better introduction to the Reds’ first team than having Firmino playing provider behind him. The Brazilian would be perfectly suited to the role due to his defensive work rate and vision going forward. We have one of the world’s most versatile forwards available to us, we should exploit this versatility.

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