Liverpool transfer bet could be exactly what Roberto Firmino needs – John Aldridge


Liverpool scored four against Leeds and could have had more, but the top three still didn’t feel quite right to me.Mo Salah looked so sharp in his hat trick and Sadio Mane played well and was unlucky not to score.

Bobby Firmino always seems to have the chains around him a bit.

He got involved in midfield and showed some nice touches but, again, in the box at Anfield, that was not happening to him.

He missed a good chance in the second half after bonding well with his striking partners and obviously we all remember how it took him until the last home game of last season to score a league goal at Anfield .

I don’t know if it’s still playing on his mind because he hasn’t looked at himself in the box.

Much has been said about Liverpool’s position in the transfer market this summer, but I can’t help but think it might do Bobby some good if he had someone breathing down his neck for his place in order to let him know he has to score goals.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of him and he does great things for the top three which often go unnoticed, but if you’re number nine you have to score goals.

This is the essential and he knows it. He hasn’t been doing this at Anfield for about a year and that needs to change.

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I understand the club’s general stance on transfers this summer, but it’s a bit of a gamble in a few positions as we’ve been relatively lucky with injuries the last few seasons, but you can’t always count on that.

The transfers themselves are also a bet for Liverpool as it is difficult to improve what we have and also to convince players to sign who know they are unlikely to be the first choice. But I still think we could do with another goalscorer.

In an ideal world, fans would have loved to see us have Timo Werner or someone of his ilk but it just wasn’t possible.

Freshening up the squad, even if it’s just one player, keeps everyone on their toes and adds to the competition for places.

It’s easier said than done of course! It is difficult for the manager and those who work with him on transfers in the current climate and one should not forget that Liverpool have enjoyed enormous success in recent years with relatively little expense when you factor in the players sold.

Many teams have outperformed us in the past four years, even Everton’s which is a great testament to everyone involved at Liverpool that we have still managed to get better and better.

If people can’t see this, they’re dumb. Liverpool have found an approach that works for them and they have a belief in how the club should be run that deserves respect because look at how successful they are.

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We did it the right way but, with the transfer window still open for a few more weeks, it would be nice if the manager could have a bit to spend because ‘the Liverpool way’ was always to get stronger when you’re on top if you can.


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