Liverpool may be top of the league by a record 8 points but there is one thing that the Reds have struggled with terribly this year: the midfield. Luckily enough for Jürgen Klopp, the front 3 and the back 4 have been in terrific form, the midfield 3 have often been found impotent. With a lot of games to play this season, there is bound to be a game or two when the front 3 can’t rescue us on their own. We need our midfield to recover the spark that have made the Reds so irresistible at times. Dropping Roberto Firmino into the midfield could be the key adding a bit of flair to Klopp’s buildup play.
When Liverpool signed Bobby for £29m back in 2015, he was an attacking midfielder. The Brazilian had played just off the striker at Hoffenheim, picking the ball up and driving at defences, creating chances for himself and others. Since arriving at Anfield he has been moulded into a new player and into a role that he defines – The Firmino Role. This Bobby-exclusive position relies on a fluid front 3 and is an unpredictable blend between the classic number 10 role and the modern false 9.
On a few occasions this season, Klopp has brought on Divock Origi and Liverpool have switched formation to a 4-2-3-1. Whilst the Reds wait for a fully fit Naby Keita, this could be the ideal switch to stimulate the creativity of the Liverpool midfield whilst also giving Divock Origi some game time.
Roberto Firmino would be more than comfortable in the midfield due to his intense work rate and passing ability. The Brazilian would also be able to operate almost as an anti-10, similar to Marouane Fellaini’s role at Man United. This would see Bobby deployed in an attacking midfield role, closing down deep lying opposition playmakers.
With the Reds struggling to get going in middle and currently boasting the best defensive midfielder in the world in Fabinho, dropping Roberto Firmino into the midfield would provide us with a creative spark without compromising us defensively.