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17 Mar 2017

Molby insists: 'Magnificent' €55m Liverpool star 'has to start' against Man City. Agree?

It's another must-win game for Liverpool this weekend, and with Manchester City sure to rebound from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp will need his strongest possible team available.

That team (arguably) includes Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino, and according to Anfield legend Jan Molby:

"Firmino has to start [against City]. He’s had success against City in the past, and my feeling is simple; get the best players in and hope they find form. That means Firmino, Coutinho, Mane, and Lallana. That front four are key".

A week ago, Klopp confirmed that Firmino is suffering from another injury:

"Unfortunately, Roberto Firmino has struggled a little bit. He felt something after the game and until now this week, he couldn’t train. We need to wait a little bit more and then we will see.”

Well, photos from today's training session at Melwood show that Firmino is back in action (albeit light training away from the main group), and after missing over a week of training, it's doubtful that he'll make the starting lineup on Sunday.

After just 2 goals/assists in 12 games, Firmino returned to form against Arsenal with a goal and an assist, so when he returns, he'll hopefully be able to pick up where he left off.

If Firmino doesn't make it, I have no doubt that Liverpool can still get a result against City. Like Klopp (and Pochettino), Guardiola is a ridiculously stubborn manager who point-blank refuses to change his style to fit the opposition, so even though everyone knows how to beat Klopp's press, he'll probably still play into Liverpool's hands.


* Firmino: €55m-rated (CIES). Hailed as 'magnificent' by Phil Thompson.



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