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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool would benefit from another number nine in the summer - and Roberto Firmino's Manchester United delight doesn't change that
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It was an evening of contrasts for Liverpool's forwards at Old Trafford on Thursday. Diogo Jota equalised for Jurgen Klopp's side but was left fretting his spurned opportunity to net a second after the break would prove costly. Mohamed Salah ensured it didn't by racing clear during injury time to score his 30th goal of the season on his 200th outing for the Reds. In between, Roberto Firmino notched his first goals since January with a brace that ultimately ensured Liverpool clinched only their seventh win in the last 45 visits to their bitter North West rivals. Sadio Mane, frustrated at being restricted to a late cameo without any explanation, caused a kerfuffle after the final whistle by refusing Klopp's offered fist-bump. Read More Related Articles Ibrahima Konate sends Liverpool fans wild with Instagram update Read More Related Articles Fabinho responds to Thiago Alcantara over Liverpool position And all the while, Divock Origi - back after two months out through injury - was left kicking his heels on the substitutes' bench. Having each of the starting attacking triumvirate score was a rare occurrence, the only two other occasions in the past two seasons being the 5-0 Champions League win at Atalanta in November and the 7-0 romp at Crystal Palace the following month. Even then, Takumi Minamino - who opened the scoring at Selhurst Park - has since spent several months on loan at Southampton, although Salah, whom the Japan international had replaced, did score twice as a late substitute. Much has changed since that Saturday afternoon before Christmas. Liverpool, then top, are now scrambling for Champions League qualification, although the Old Trafford triumph has at least ensured their destiny effectively remains in their hands with three games remaining. The debate over the reasons for such a drop in standards has been both lengthy and heated. But without doubt a contributory factor was a faltering forward line that, Salah aside, simply wasn't proving a goal threat on a regular basis. Before Thursday night, Firmino had scored just once since the win over Palace, while Mane's opener five days earlier in the 2-0 home win over Southampton was his first goal at Anfield in 2021. Jota's strike at United ended a seven-game run without a goal.
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The Belgian's time at Anfield is almost certainly drawing to a close, one of several fringe and loaned players who will be made available for transfer during the summer. And Firmino's timely Old Trafford brace cannot disguise the fact that, in terms of goalscoring, he has underperformed as Liverpool's number nine this campaign with just eight strikes. Of course, the Brazilian's game has always been about more than just finding the back of the net. "He's a very important player for us," says Thiago Alcantara. "I think he's the least-selfish striker I've ever seen in my life because he always tries to reach the best option for his team-mates." So unique are Firmino's qualities in the context of this Liverpool side, it is impossible to replace like-for-like. And there's simply no desire or need for the Brazilian to be moved on any time soon - he remains an integral part of the first team. When he plays well, Liverpool play well. But despite Firmino's atypical poacher's double at United, Klopp will know a goalscoring forward - and preferably one suited to playing down the middle - will be among his summer targets, regardless of any other transfer business. It won't be easy for the recruitment team. However, bringing in the right player could benefit the forwards already at the club - Firmino included.
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