If Christian Benteke leaves, Liverpool already have their four forwards

Liverpool's Robert Firmino in action with Villarreal's Victor Ruiz

Roberto Firmino can play the striker's role well, and make up the four options for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal for Liverpool in the 4-1 win over Manchester CityRoberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal for Liverpool in the 4-1 win over Manchester City

If you look at how Roberto Firmino performed during the second half of his maiden season at Liverpool, you could sense that his importance to the team was growing. 

He was the only player to hit double figures in the Premier League in front of goal but never really regarded as an out-and-out striker, even if he was used more often than Christian Benteke from the start of bigger games under Jurgen Klopp.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

With reports suggesting that Christian Benteke could be on his way out of Liverpool - with the Mirror linking him with a move to Crystal Palace - some would suggest that Liverpool should go out and get another striker.

However, there has been a tendency from Klopp to use just the one up front and he has striking options in the form of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings.

The three in behind looks as though it could be an interesting part of the field ahead of next season following the signing of Sadio Mane - as Firmino along with Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and even James Milner could operate in that role if Klopp decides to implement a 4-2-3-1 season we saw most of from the Reds towards the back end of the campaign. 

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the first goal for SouthamptonSadio Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton earlier this week

Firmino was used in all sorts of areas, but it seemed apparent he was at home in a more central position - a supporting striker if you will that was comfortable dropping into midfield areas. 

If Liverpool were to allow Benteke to depart, then would there really be a need to sign another centre forward? Though Firmino may have drifted out of games when playing as the main striker, he did provide goals when he got going - and if you have three other strikers at the club, having someone of Firmino's calibre as the fourth forward doesn't seem a bad option. 

Mane's signing will be one that hopefully adds goals from a deeper role or out wide and if Klopp looks to strengthen the Reds in attacking areas, it could be in that part of the field yet again. 

One doesn't envisage too much of a change to Firmino's role in the team, he'll probably be in the starting XI more often than not but he given his versatility, he is a man that can solve a couple of headaches for his manager this summer. 

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action with Chelsea's Asmir Begovic and Nemanja MaticLiverpool's Roberto Firmino in action with Chelsea's Asmir Begovic and Nemanja Matic

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