The Rotated Reds have enjoyed great success throughout December. The gaffer surprised everybody at the start of the month when he named a much changed lineup for the side’s 5-2 win over Everton in the Merseyside Derby. By resting key players he kept them fighting fit for the next game. Fingers crossed the imminent arrival of Takumi Minamino will see Roberto Firmino get some much needed time on the bench.

The Takumi Minamino arrival could see Roberto Firmino get some rest on the bench.

The Takumi Minamino arrival could see Roberto Firmino get some rest on the bench. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The Independent reported last week that the Reds had agreed a deal in principal to sign the Japanese attacking midfielder for £7.25m. Paul Joyce this week broke the news that the Red Bull Salzburg was to undergo a Wednesday medical ahead of a move on the 1st of January.

Roberto Firmino has not been at his absolute best of late, despite a vital winner against Monterrey – his touch has been heavy and he hasn’t been as tenacious as we’ve become accustomed to.

This is no criticism of the number nine, he has just been trying too hard for too long. Bobby won the love of the crowd for a number of reasons, one of the key reasons was his work rate.

 

It is this intense work rate that has contributed to the Brazilian being off the boil. He has been undroppable for a while now and barely gets much rest. He could really do with a week or two out of the side, it would help him recharge his batteries and come back stronger than ever.

Whilst Takumi Minamino is naturally an attacking midfielder, so was Roberto Firmino when he arrived at Anfield. The arrival of the Japanese dynamo could see our centre forward role being rotated, Minamino is the ideal backup due to his intense style of play.

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