Liverpool legend John Aldridge has expressed his concern over the form of popular Anfield star Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian has been an ever-present in the starting XI this term as per usual, but is some way behind his attacking colleagues in terms of goals scored.
In all competitions, Sadio Mane has 13, Mo Salah 10 and Firmino just four.
The South American remains popular as ever though, but former striker Aldridge has questioned the 28-year-old.
He wrote in the Irish Independent: “Roberto Firmino’s performance was a concern once again and I wonder what is happening with the Brazilian right now because he looks horribly out of form.
“Klopp dropped Firmino and Salah for the Merseyside derby against Everton last week and he must have been hoping to get a reaction when he put them back into his team at Bournemouth.
“Well, Salah answered the call as he produced some moments of magic against Eddie Howe’s side, but Firmino was off the boil again and Klopp might be tempted to start with Divock Origi in Salzburg after his magnificent display against Everton.”
TBR’s view – Klopp would be insane to drop Firmino vs Salzburg
As most Liverpool fans fully accept, Firmino is not and never has been a prolific goalscorer.
But his selfless contributions to the side are invaluable, and he surely cannot be overlooked for tonight’s crunch game against Salzburg.
Origi is undoubtedly a man for a big occasion, but questions would certainly be asked of Klopp if the Austrians won with Firmino having started from the bench.