In terms of scoring goals, Liverpool have had no trouble in the penalty area so far this season with 29 goals scored in their opening ten Premier League games of the season, with 11 goals scored in three Champions League games and five goals bagged in two Carabao Cup games.
One player in Jurgen Klopp’s squad that has played his part in Liverpool’s goalscoring success so far this season with six goals across all competitions is 30-year-old centre-forward Roberto Firmino.
Given his age and the fact that his current contract at the Merseyside club is set to expire in the summer of 2023, it would seem likely that Liverpool will have some thoughts on potentially finding a suitable replacement for the Brazilian in the near future.
With this in mind, we feel that the club could already have their ideal replacement for Firmino with 18-year-old centre-forward Max Woltman.
As a product of Liverpool’s youth system, Woltman has made 35 appearances for the club’s U18 side, netting 14 goals and providing eight assists in the process as well as making 12 appearances for their U23 side. For that outfit, he has registered one goal and one assist, showing his attacking talent.
So far this season, the teenager has managed to score two goals and provide one assist in 14 appearances across all tournaments.
In their announcement for this news, the official Liverpool club website labelled the player as a “skilful forward with an eye for a goal,” who can “play in several positions across the frontline.”
This says to us that Woltman could go on to be an ideal long-term replacement for Firmino, judging by his abilities and positional sense. The latter has racked up a total of 93 goals and 70 assists across all competitions during his time at Anfield, whilst playing in a number of attacking and midfield positions.
If the Liverpool youngster can continue to play regularly for the Liverpool U23s, continue producing offensive numbers and make the most out of any potential opportunities he gets to play in the first team in the future, we feel that he could well go on to be a regular senior figure for the Reds in the coming years.
If he does get a chance, he could very much be Firmino 2.0.