Liverpool’s attacking trident has appeared completely fixed since it was completed with the signing of Mo Salah in 2017. The trio have developed a telepathic understanding and in doing so have terrified defences for a few seasons now. One of the star’s place is currently under threat. Roberto Firmino should drop into midfield to recover his form.
Bobby Firmino origin story
Every superhero needs an origin story, Bobby Firmino’s, for us, goes back to Hoffenheim.
The Reds signed the Brazilian from the German Bundesliga side in 2015, paying £29m for the South American.
When he arrived he had been playing as a goal grabbing attacking midfielder for Hoffenheim.
Since joining the Reds he’s been transformed into a defensive-pressing-false-nine-deep-forward or whatever that remarkably unique Firmino Role is.
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Bobby in poor form
This season hasn’t been Roberto Firmino’s finest for the Reds.
The Brazilian has struggled for form. He has netted just one goal and bagged just two assists in 12 appearances in all competitions.
His pressing hasn’t been as determined as we’ve come to expect and attacks keep on breaking down around him.
We’ve seen situations where he would typically pick the right pass or beat his man end with him turning backwards or being dispossessed – a confrontation with an onrushing Ederson early in the Etihad tie with Man City springs to mind.
Roberto Firmino should drop into midfield
Given the injury crisis that has plagued the Reds’ back line and elements of the middle third, now is the perfect time for Roberto Firmino to drop into midfield to recover his form.
The Brazilian can help make up the numbers given that a midfielder or two will likely end up filling in in the back four at one time or another.
The switch would also have the added benefit of getting him on the ball more.
The number nine certainly has the work rate to play deeper, he gained the adulation of the Kop for his determined pressing of opposition defenders, he could easily replicate this in the middle of the park.
Moving Roberto Firmino into midfield makes even more sense if Jürgen Klopp decides to continue with his 4-2-3-1, where Bobby could play in the 10 role.