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Liverpool should chase Memphis Depay as Roberto Firmino alternative

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Liverpool should chase Memphis Depay as Roberto Firmino alternative

Roberto Firmino has struggled for form somewhat this season, and the answer for Liverpool could well be the 24-year-old international teammate of Virgil Van Dijk: Lyon striker Memphis Depay.

Since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at the club, football fans have questioned whether the German boss will sign an out-and-out striker.

It’s a question that’s seen Liverpool linked with then-Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, amongst others.

At the time of Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal, the Liverpool boss claimed: “He does not play in a position for which we urgently need new players.”

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Since then, Firmino enjoyed the season of his career alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, becoming part of one of the most feared front lines in world football.

Klopp’s backups at the time, Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke, and Danny Ings, have enjoyed mixed fortunes.

Sturridge has seemingly salvaged his Liverpool career after a super September which saw him named the club’s player of the month. Solanke has scored only one goal in his limited appearances, and has been linked with a switch to Rangers, and Danny Ings has departed for Southampton.

 

The return of Divock Origi from loan means Liverpool do currently boast four strikers in the ranks, however he seems set for the exit too.

Should Klopp be left with only Sturridge and Firmino – two very different forwards – he should consider a move for Lyon’s Depay.

LYON, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 07: Memphis Depay of Olympique Lyonnais runs with the ball during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Olympique Lyonnais and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Groupama Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

With a similar energy and work rate to that of Firmino, Depay is also lightning quick and arguably even more versatile than the accomplished Brazilian.

At such a young age, it’s hard to believe the Dutch star has played for three of Europe’s elite clubs already, in PSV, Manchester United, and Lyon.

Though he is sure to command a huge fee, Depay would guarantee further goals and versatility to Klopp’s already elite front line.

 

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Adam is a freelance sports writer and broadcaster. Formerly the Media and Communications Officer at Macclesfield Town Football Club, he has also contributed to FourFourTwo, Mirror Sport and Express & Star.

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