Liverpool have one of the deadliest front threes in world football. The Reds attacking line has been terrifying defences ever since it was fully assembled in 2017. However, one player in particular is misfiring at the minute and could maybe do with a week or two out of the side. Liverpool could choose between Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino to replace Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool could choose between Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino to replace Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool could choose between Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino to replace Roberto Firmino. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Bobby Firmino superstar

Liverpool signed Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim in 2015, paying the German side £29m for the Brazilian.

In Germany he was usually deployed behind the striker, as an aggressive attacking midfielder.

During his time on Merseyside he has gradually been converted into a defensively minded false nine.

He doesn’t score a tremendous amount of goals but his vision and work rate creates plenty of goals for his teammates.

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Out of possession he is a demon, hounding the opposition defence and forcing errors.

However, when he isn’t at his best and he isn’t closing down as ferociously then his poor performances really stand out.

Jota and Minamino signings

The Reds picked up Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg in January of this year.

Michael Edwards agreed a £7.25m deal for the Japan forward after he impressed against Jürgen Klopp’s side across two legs in the Champions League.

Months later the club completed the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves. The Portuguese forward’s arrival came as a surprise to many Kopites as we hadn’t been linked with him at all.

Then out of nowhere a £41m deal was struck and announced, much to the delight of the Liverpool fan base.

Who steps up?

Roberto Firmino is undeniably in poor form this season, his performance against Aston Villa in particular was one of the worst of a bad bunch.

The question is: who steps up from the bench? Will it be Takumi Minamino or Diogo Jota?

We’ve often seen Taki come on for Bobby and take up that false nine role. However, Jota has been constantly getting in the right positions from the left wing and we know that Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are capable of playing through the middle.

We can either leave the wingers as they are and slot Taki into the central role, move the wingers around and put Jota out wide or we can put Jota through the middle – he played there frequently for Wolves.

It is a big decision to make and whether the boss will be reactionary enough to drop Bobby remains to be seen. Either way, we need to see more from whoever plays centre forward in the Derby.

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