Liverpool had made a strong start to the season up until last weekend. The Reds had won each of their first three games in the Premier League and had done so in impressive manner. Then it happened at Villa Park. One element of the fallout from the Reds’ thrashing has been the first suggestions that Liverpool could drop Roberto Firmino.

There have been suggestions that Liverpool could drop Roberto Firmino.

There have been suggestions that Liverpool could drop Roberto Firmino. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Liverpool humiliated at Aston Villa

Last weekend was one to forget for Kopites.

The Reds journeyed to Aston Villa with four first team players absent from the starting lineup due to injury.

The biggest injury impact was in goal and that was felt straight away when Adrian’s sloppy error gifted the hosts the lead.

Virgil van Dijk and co appeared rocked from that moment on, three deflected goals and four lapses of concentration later and the Reds were humiliated.

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Could Liverpool drop Roberto Firmino?

Ian Doyle today pondered whether Liverpool could drop Roberto Firmino for the Merseyside Derby.

Unpacking the Reds start to the season, the outlet claimed that the Brazilian hasn’t had his best start to the campaign. The paper wrote:

“There’s no doubt Roberto Firmino hasn’t been at his consistent best this season.

“And should Sadio Mane be available after also testing positive for coronavirus, it leaves Klopp with a significant point to ponder in attack.

“Diogo Jota has done well on the left since coming in and, should Firmino be benched, could Mane play down the middle? Or will Mohamed Salah be switched there and Mane put on the right? Or does Mane come in on the left and Takumi Minamino replaces Firmino?”

What RTK has to say

We’d be hard pressed to disagree with Ian Doyle here, at some point a question needs to be asked.

What was the point in signing Taki Minamino if not to challenge Bobby for his place in the side?

At some point we have to make it clear that the Brazilian doesn’t have a divine right to the starting lineup.

However, we should also afford him a little leeway given how important and consistent he has been down the years. Fingers crossed he gets back to his best in the near future, it’d be awful to see him drop out of the side.

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