Liverpool have made some strong signings in the last transfer window. Jürgen Klopp has added quality in key areas with greater depth in attack and creativity in the midfield. The new arrivals could cause some unexpected shifts in the lineup. The flair of Thiago could cost Roberto Firmino his place in the side.
Thiago and Jota arrivals
Liverpool had one of their strongest windows of recent times this summer.
Michael Edwards was once again snapping up top talents for bargain prices.
After a window long saga, Liverpool bagged Thiago Alcantara for £20m, a frankly ridiculous price for a player of his quality.
A day later we were all shocked by the arrival of Diogo Jota, a move which nobody saw coming. The Portuguese forward adds versatile depth to the front line, he’s already scored his first goal for the club on his Premier League debut for the Reds against Arsenal.
Firmino poor Form
This hasn’t been Roberto Firmino’s best start to the season.
The Brazilian hasn’t managed to score yet in the Premier League this season, though he has netted for Brazil.
We saw possibly his worst ever performance in a Liverpool shirt against Aston Villa. He wasn’t pressing and he fluffed his lines regularly.
Now that the Reds have added quality in depth throughout the side his place could be at risk.
Thiago quality could cost Firmino
Roberto Firmino’s role in the side has been to create goals with his intricate passing and determined pressing.
However, as a striker, you’d want more goals from him – particularly when he isn’t creating many, as has been the case this season.
Given that Thiago has instilled a great deal of creativity to the midfield, we could become less reliant on the flair of Firmino up top.
If we aren’t relying on him to create then we need him to be scoring, if he isn’t scoring then we need someone through the middle who is.
At the weekend we saw Sadio Mane take up the number 9 role when Diogo Jota was introduced towards the end of the game.
The Reds could consider starting with this attacking formation should Thiago keep creating and Firmino continue with his goal shy form.