Liverpool have suffered this season. The Reds have endured a disappointing campaign which has left them struggling to finish in the top four – we might just make it if we’re lucky. Sweeping changes are needed. Roberto Firmino needs to drop back into the number 10 role in a 4-2-3-1 if he wants to save his Anfield career.
Goals dry up
In December we saw Liverpool thrash Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park.
It was an impressive win and one which indicated to fans that the Reds were well on the right track to defending their title.
Then the injury crisis really began to take its toll on the side.
The side was chopped and changed even further with more injuries piling up.
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As a result of the mountain of injuries players were unable to be rotated, leading to fatigue throughout the side.
However, fatigue along cannot explain away the profligacy of the Reds’ attack.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been particularly wasteful in front of goal, leading to a number of poor results and a slide down the table.
Most recently the Reds were held at home to Newcastle United despite creating a host of glorious chances in the first half.
New striker needed
It is widely accepted that Liverpool will sign a striker in the summer transfer window.
The Athletic’s Simon Hughes claimed on the Red Agenda podcast:
“From what I’ve been told, that’s something that Liverpool are looking at in the summer [signing an attacker], the one area they do want to improve on.”
This comes as no surprise given the difficulties we’ve had in front of goal this season, particularly since the start of January.
Now that teams are more content playing a low block against us as countering, we need a lethal finisher to take the precious few chances we do get.
Roberto Firmino at 10
Should a new striker come into the club then there’s surely no place for Roberto Firmino in the starting lineup.
The only chance the Brazilian has of keeping his place in the side is dropping into the number 10 role.
Jürgen Klopp altering to a 4-2-3-1 formation could help get the best out of the Brazilian again whilst also accommodating the new arrival.
Playing off the striker would give Bobby more passing options going forward, it would emphasise his creative abilities whilst removing some of his finishing responsibilities.
Without this switch then it could well be the end of Roberto Firmino’s time as our undroppable first choice striker.