We believe three first-XI Liverpool stars should worry about their future. It’s proving to be a torrid season for the Reds and there will surely be changes.
Five home defeats on the bounce. 22 points off top spot. Three wins in 13 Premier League games.
It’s all unthinkable. Liverpool are struggling badly as nothing seems to work in the midst of this injury crisis.
And that gets us thinking – should some players worry? We pick out three first-XI stars who could face uncertain futures.
We’ll start with the obvious one. Roberto Firmino is having a very poor season and shows little sign of turning it around.
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In all honesty, this started last season. Firmino slowed down and only got one Anfield goal all season, struggling to find the net.
But he was still great. Firmino played a big part in the title win and we weren’t too worried. What we did hope to see, though, was him bouncing back.
Instead, he’s regressed. That’s a big worry and as Liverpool struggle for goals, he’s surely first on the chopping block.
The club will surely look to sign some firepower this summer and Firmino may be the one they sacrifice from the first-XI.
This one’s incredibly harsh and no statement on Joe Gomez himself. Rather, as Liverpool look to recover from their defensive crisis, he could take a hit.
The Reds need a new defender. Now, if that’s a young player, Gomez has nothing to worry about.
But if it’s a senior player, he could be out of the starting XI. Liverpool supposedly want Kalidou Koulibaly, for instance [per Bild].
We think he’s be a wonderful opportunity to bounce back but it would see Gomez take the hit. We have no doubt he’s be back eventually, though his immediate future wouldn’t be as a first-XI centre-half.
Thiago is the most interesting player at Liverpool right now. He’s world-class but struggling to influence games. At the same time, he was signed to provide a new dimension but that means he’s not a natural fit.
Not that we blame him whatsoever. The team is a mess and Liverpool ask him to do midfield jobs that don’t suit him. They could fix that with a holding midfielder, though.
But going into next season, Liverpool may move away from him as a starter. We could see them wanting to go back to what worked the previous two years and maybe not rely on a possession-based, playmaking midfielder.
Now, we’re absolutely not advocating moving on from Thiago. We don’t think Liverpool should ever sell him.
But after this season, we do think his future as a first-XI midfielder may disappear as Liverpool try to rekindle the magic of the last few years.