Steve McManaman says he'd drop Firmino for Arsenal clash

BT Sports Pundit Steve McManaman

The former winger says he would drop Roberto Firmino for Divock Origi.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goalLiverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goal

Speaking to BT Sport, former Liverpool star Steve McManaman has said he would drop Roberto Firmino in favour of Divock Origi for the clash with Arsenal.

The Reds travel to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon as they kick off their Premier League campaign.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has had a busy summer adding to his squad as they seek to make a return to the top four and the Champions League.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in actionLiverpool's Roberto Firmino in action

His recruitment has left him with a number of decisions to make across the pitch, with each position, bar left back, currently hotly contested.

And McManaman believes one decision he should make is dropping Firmino for Origi up front.

“I’d start him [Origi] in front of Firmino, but Liverpool have got an array of people to choose from now. There’s a lot of pressure for the players in every position,” he told BT Sport.

Divock Origi celebrates after scoring the third goal for LiverpoolDivock Origi celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool

It will certainly be interesting to see what line up that Klopp goes with for the Arsenal game.

He has already hinted that he is not interested in rotation, meaning whatever team he picks could be the only he sticks with for much of the campaign, injuries depending.

It would not be surprising to see Origi given his chance to stake a claim for a permanent place, with his development under Klopp having been one of the most impressive so far.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates with team mates after scoring their fourth goalLiverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates with team mates after scoring their fourth goal

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