2 Dec 2016

Molby insists: Klopp should replace Firmino with 'exceptional' €31m striker as Liverpool's centre-forward (vs. BFC)

Who should play upfront for Liverpool at Bournemouth on Sunday?

According to Anfield legend Jan Molby:

"Liverpool have had a few injury issues as we know, but I hope Lallana is back in, and I expect Origi will be kept up front".

This is surely a no-brainer:

* Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge are both out with injuries.

* Roberto Firmino is also struggling for fitness, and in his press conference today, Klopp confirmed that the Brazilian is still 'in pain'.

In my view, there's no need to rush Firmino back. Origi well rested this season, and with two goals in the last two games, it makes sense to keep Origi's momentum going.

Despite his lack of regular game time, Origi is still averaging a goal every 123 minutes this season, which is actually superior to Firmino's ratio (one every 201 minutes).

The difference between the two is that Firmino offers regular assists, too (six this season) whereas Origi rarely creates goals for others (no assists this season; only one every 572 minutes last season).

* €31m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described as 'exceptional' by Owen Hargreaves.


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