With Liverpool set to hold firm and rebuff any approaches for Daniel Sturridge this summer, it’s highly unlikely Jurgen Klopp will add to his striking options.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans despite their desires to see Aubameyang or Lacazette lining up in red for the upcoming Premier League season.
There are much more pressing needs that need to be addressed; left-back, centre-back and central midfield have already been outlined as the priority, leaving certain financial constraints over getting a new forward.
So then, with no new striker set to move to Anfield this summer, do Liverpool have the fire power they need to make a successful season?
The Brazilian has become Klopp’s go-to forward given his work rate and willingness to track back in support of his teammates. He’s an essential cog within Klopp’s system and while 11 goals during the 2016/17 season is hardly revolutionary, it’s his off-the-ball play that have won the hearts of Liverpool fans.
Not to mention his iconic shirt celebration.
Creating an average of 2.23 chances per ninety minutes, Firmino was at the heart of Liverpool’s free-flowing attacking trio that caused so many teams problems last season with their flexibility. In comparison, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez created 2.18 chances per game while Divock Origi created 0.96.
One criticism of the 25-year-old will be his finishing ability. Unlike some of the top strikers in the division, Firmino doesn’t possess that killer instinct in front of goal that Liverpool so desperately needed at times during the campaign.
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