Over the summer the Reds opted to save their cash, only recruiting two backup goalkeepers and two youth players. Last week saw Liverpool announce their first major signing of the season. When Takumi Minamino joins he could become our next Roberto Firmino.
When the Reds signed Bobby Firmino from Hoffenheim for £29m in 2015 he was predominantly still playing as an attacking midfielder.
Under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp he was carved out his own centre forward role, a role unique to him and his style of play. The Brazilian plays as a pressing false nine. Often dropping deep to open up space for and provide assists for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
When we are out of possession Firmino is found hounding defenders, never giving them a moment’s rest. He has led from the front and led by example.
Takumi Minamino arrives from Red Bull Salzburg as an attacking midfielder with an impressive work rate. He would be perfect for the same transformation that Bobby went through.
Takumi Minamino can learn a lot from Roberto Firmino – the Japanese arrival can give us strength in depth in our front line. At the minute our only substitute striker is Divock Origi and the Belgian isn’t exactly a creative force – he is more of a classic poacher.
Minamino is a player hungry to develop and he will undoubtedly do so under Jürgen Klopp – the German gaffer has garnered a reputation for getting the best out of his players. With a lot of football to play between January and the end of the season, it would be no surprise to see Takumi Minamino deployed in the Roberto Firmino role.