Former Liverpool Star John Aldridge Admits Jurgen Klopp Should Bench Firmino and Start Sadio Mane Up Front


Former Liverpool star John Aldridge has made a bold claim regarding Liverpool's attacking lineup, suggesting that the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp should drop current attacking focal point Roberto Firmino to allow winger Sadio Mané to lead the line.
Mané has now served a three-match ban, after catching Manchester City goalkeeper Ederon in the face with his boot in their 5-0 thrashing by Pep Guardiola's side.
In a piece for the Liverpool Echo, the former Liverpool star the case for the Senegalese given a shot to lead the line for Liverpool, given the impressive goalscoring start for Mané's sensation made to the season before his suspension.

Aldridge stated: "Liverpool are potentially now looking at a possible forward line of [Philippe] Coutinho, Mane and [Mohamed] Salah. I actually think there’s a case for Mane to perhaps play down the centre.

"Play some games with Coutinho on the left, Mane down the middle and Salah on the right. I’m not going against Firmino at all, but playing them three up front, would there be a better three in the Premier League? If you look at our team and think who is going to get you most goals, it’s Mane."

Before Mané suspension, the forward got his 2017/18 Premier League season off to a flyer - netting three goals in four matches for Liverpool.


He has settled into life at Anfield superbly since he joined from fellow Premier League side Southampton in 2016, and is widely regarded as one of Liverpool's most promising attacking talents.
Liverpool currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, having endured a somewhat mixed start to the Premier League season.

Despite the Reds emphatic 4-0 victory over Arsenal, and solid wins over Crystal Palace and Leicester City, Klopp's men have been inconsistent - suffering 5-0 hammering by Manchester City, drawing with both Watford and Burnley.

No comments