Jan Molby comments on where he sees Roberto Firmino fitting into the Liverpool XI

Firmino has been showing signs of becoming a key player for Liverpool in the near future.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby thinks that playmaker Roberto Firmino has sealed his place in the starting XI after his man of the match performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup in midweek. 

Firmino played his part in the build-up to Nathaniel Clyne's winning goal against the Cherries, and Molby believes that the big-money summer signing from Hoffenheim will prove to be effective behind a central striker.

In his Liverpool Echo column, the Dane wrote: "Firmino can play anywhere but I think he’s a central guy. The majority of players who are out wide these days have real pace which he doesn’t have.

"If he becomes a first team regular at Liverpool it will be behind a central striker, there’s no doubt in my mind."

It would be interesting to see who manager Jurgen Klopp would sacrifice in the starting XI to give Firmino game time, as the Liverpool manager seems to have a pretty settled five behind the striker in Lucas Leiva, Emre Can, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho. 

At the moment, the only two that you would feel sure would play in the side with Firmino are Lucas Leiva - who has been in excellent form as the holding midfielder of late - and James Milner, as he captains the side in Jordan Henderson's absence, though his role within the team could prove to be different. 

Both Can and Lallana seem to have bought into Klopp's way of playing, with the former moved back into his preferred central midfield position, and while Coutinho has looked out of form, Klopp feels he probably has enough quality to persist with the Brazilian. 

There is something of a dilemma there for Klopp as to who he sacrifices, but he will be pleased to have the option available to him.

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