Jurgen Klopp feels one current player could replace Roberto Firmino – if he puts some muscle on. The Brazilian won’t be easy to match.
Replacing Roberto Firmino could be a nightmare for Liverpool. The no.9 is an incredibly unique player – one who combines all the traits of an attacking midfielder with a centre-forward.
Firmino is just as adept at getting into the box to tap home as he is dropping deep to link with midfield. He is a False 9 in the truest sense and there are very, very few players like him in world football. The fact that Liverpool have had him is a blessing but also a bit of a curse – after all, what do you do when he’s gone?
Jurgen Klopp’s system features Firmino prominently at its best. The Brazilian was out for chunks last season but Sadio Mané stepped up to play the role very well. He’s now gone, of course.
Klopp, though, suggested this week that he may have a new player who can play the role. If all goes well, perhaps Fabio Carvalho is the Firmino replacement.
Player could replace Roberto Firmino
“When we watched [Carvalho] it was a pure joy to watch him, absolutely,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “He can play so many different positions for us, the way we play.
“At the minute he’s not really set on one position – it’s the wing, it’s the eight, it’s the 10, it’s the false nine if he grows a few more muscles.”
That last one is the most interesting to us. It’s something we talked about last April, in fact, in Carvalho potentially moving forward from the playmaking role into the False 9.
And it sounds as though Klopp has that idea. At the very least, he wants to see if Carvalho can develop the skillset to play the role. We expect that’ll happen this season and the Portuguese playmaker will gradually face some tests there.
After all, Firmino is still around for at least one more season – there’s no rush to find the replacement. Liverpool can afford to test Carvalho here and there and, potentially, end up saving themselves some money next summer.