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Chris Sutton hammers Liverpool player, says two others have ‘carried’ him

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Chris Sutton hammers Liverpool player, says two others have ‘carried’ him

Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club that he thinks Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been “carried” by the other two members of Jurgen Klopp’s front three this season.

Firmino, 29, has scored five goals and laid on three assists in 18 Premier League appearances this season. The 45-time Brazil international has also failed to score or create a single goal in six Champions League outings.

The former Hoffenheim man continues to remain a crucial cog in Liverpool’s side and Klopp has always stated that Firmino should not be judged on his goal output. But his impact is waining, coinciding with Liverpool’s struggles.

Sutton has told the Monday Night Club that Firmino has “gone off the boil” and is a “lucky boy” to continue to start for Liverpool. He also thinks that Firmino is being carried by teammates Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

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“I think Firmino is a lucky boy,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club. “If you look at his numbers over the last few seasons, then we know his importance to the front three.

“But I think that Salah and Mane have carried him at times. His goal numbers need to be better. I bet Jurgen Klopp is thinking that another they need another number nine. He has been off the boil and that is a worry.”

TBR’s view – Do Liverpool need to bring in a replacement?

The role that Firmino plays is not that of a centre-forward. It would be lazy to suggest the Reds need to go out and spend big on an Erling Haaland, but the Dortmund sensational would not suit Klopp’s Liverpool.

It is hard to pinpoint a player that can provide the same level of creativity, pre-assists and vision that Firmino does as a false nine. But what is clear, is that Firmino needs to massively improve his form – or Liverpool will replace him.

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