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The Chalkboard: Liverpool must change formation to get best out of Firmino

Liverpool faced another setback on Monday evening as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Roberto Firmino yet again struggled for the Reds and was substituted in the 75th minute, with Divock Origi introduced in his stead.

On the chalkboard

The Liverpool Echo pulled no punches in their player ratings relating to the game, claiming Firmino “had a nightmare” and was “mercifully hooked”. He was given a four out of 10.

The Brazilian had just one shot at Lukasz Fabianski and was largely ineffective throughout his time on the pitch.

He was dispossessed twice and was even dribbled past once, quite a feat for a player deployed a striker.

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Firmino also failed to win a single aerial battle and had a pass success rate of just 77%.

The performance was such that, as the Reds hunted for a vital second goal, Klopp made the decision to send Origi on instead of Firmino.

For perspective, Origi has played just four times in the Premier League this season.

As the Reds look to get back to winning ways against AFC Bournemouth this weekend, then, a formation change is needed.

Switch roles

Firmino is better as a No.10 and should be restored to a playmaking role against Eddie Howe’s men.

That would mean Klopp switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mohamed Salah through the middle.

Sadio Mane would subsequently play on the left, allowing Xherdan Shaqiri to be reintroduced to the team on the right.

Firmino would be able to pull the strings from a more withdrawn role and he would face no pressure to be the focal point of the club’s attacks.

Instead, he can drop into pockets of space and elude Bournemouth’s defenders, creating space for his team-mates.

The Brazilian is a remarkably intelligent footballer when it comes to helping his team, while Salah is a better option through the middle.

Add in Mane and Shaqiri and Klopp’s men should have too much for Bournemouth and get the three points they so desperately need.

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