13 Aug 2016

Dump Him: Liverpool Legend urges Klopp to replace Sturridge with 'excellent' £10m attacking 'weapon' for Arsenal. Agree?

Who should lead the line for Liverpool tomorrow? With Daniel Sturridge struggling with yet another injury,Jurgen Klopp has several options to consider, but according to Reds legend Jan Molby, there's only one choice to start the game.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Molby insisted:

"I hope Divock Origi [starts]. His pace and strength against a depleted Arsenal backline would be a real weapon. If he [Klopp] wants Liverpool to get forward quickly and stretch Arsenal then Origi has to be the man".

I can see the logic in this thinking.

* Sturridge has trained all week, but he may not be fully match-fit, and based on Klopp's caution with him last season, he's unlikely to start the game.

* Ings has been on the fringes during pre-season, which suggests that Klopp sees him as a backup striker, rather than a regular starter.

* Firmino is a strong option, but he lacks Origi's speed/dynamism, and against a makeshift defence, that may give Origi the edge.

I'm not the biggest fan of Origi, and given the choice,I'd personally go for Firmino, whose movement, and game intelligence are (arguably) superior. Klopp may also see it that way, as he recently hailed Firmino as Liverpool's best player during pre-season:

"Roberto Firmino is man of the pre-season for me. From the very first game he has been performing, even if he has not scored. What a worker".

Firmino's primary role is to score/create goals (and that is what should be demanded of him), but Klopp names him the best player of pre-season because he's a 'worker'. Typical Klopp. But I digress...

My preferred forward line for Arsenal:

Mane ------- Wijnaldum ------ Coutinho
------------ Firmino

^ Apr 2016: Hailed by Steve McManaman as 'excellent'


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