Brazil made easy work of grabbing a win in their most recent World Cup qualifier, delivering a 5-0 thrashing to a helpless Bolivia.
Roberto Firmino was on song for his country, showcasing his clinical ability in front of goal that has perhaps been forgotten as of late. The Liverpool No.9 netted a brace, tallying his 13th senior goal in 44 appearances (via Transfermarkt). Jurgen Klopp will likely havebeen watchong along, stroking his chin and wondering whether he can see this type of dangerous goalscorer more often in the Premier League.
The Reds boast one of the most threatening attacking trios in the world right now, but at times, even they can look short ofthat extra bit of electricity in the final third. As previously highlighted by Football FanCast, the reigning league champions could benefit from a typical goal-poacher style player lurking up top.
Whilst Firmino’s work ethic is invaluable to the team, his goal return isn’t near the likes of Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The club have been without a constant target man playing at centre-forward arguably since Daniel Sturridge’s decline.
In fact, Firmino scored just nine goals for Liverpool in the league last season, which despite being a solid return, is way behind his competition. The Reds operate by relying mainly on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to find the back of the net, which is a strategy that certainly worked last campaign. The duo scored a combined 37 goals and both finished ahead of Sergio Aguero and Marcus Rashford in the scoring charts (via Premier League).
However, Brazil’s tactics have shown that Firmino has a lot of talent in his locker that often isn’t being utilised at Liverpool. Changing up his role to mirror his position in the Brazil side could unleash a whole new attacking dynamic for the holding champions. The £64.8million-valued forward’s performance against Bolivia included a 100% conversion rate, 100% successful dribbles and one key pass (via Sofascore).
A goalscoring frontman has clearly been a priority on Liverpool’s transfer list after they entered serious talks with Timo Werner, who was keen on the move prior to joining Chelsea, as per The Athletic. But despite missing out, Firmino’s recent performance shows that they don’t need to spend big to fill this criteria.
With Thiago Alcantara bringing more creativity to the Anfield engine room, the Brazilian favourite may have more chances to show off his sweet right foot by staying further up front.