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Firmino declining

Roberto Firmino made the move to Liverpool in 2015, after departing German outfit, Hoffenheim.

Throughout much of his stint in England, Firmino, alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, formed a deadly attacking trident, with all three having proven integral to Liverpool reaching two Champions League finals, and winning their first-ever Premier League title.

However, whilst Mane and Salah have still looked solid this season, Firmino has proven somewhat off the pace for a year or so now.

Yes, the Brazilian’s game, despite playing up top, is not just about goals. But even Liverpool’s fans would do well to argue that he has been close to his best of late.

Firmino’s finishing has been pretty dire, whilst his link-up play with the likes of Salah and Mane has not been what it previously was.

And in 41 outings this term, the forward has notched just six goals and seven assists. In comparison, Diogo Jota has scored 12 and assisted one in 25 appearances, despite often featuring from the bench.

Liverpool eyeing Watkins

So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see Liverpool seemingly looking for some extra reinforcement in the central striking department.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool are interested in Aston Villa striker, Ollie Watkins.

Watkins made the step up to the Premier League this season after an impressive 2019/20 with Brentford.

And the 25-year-old has carried his sensational form into the English top-flight, scoring 12 and assisting three in 30 league outings so far this term.

FI claim that Watkins is on Liverpool’s radar due to his blistering pace, his ability to play a quick tempo game and his eye for goal.

No potential fee is mentioned in the report, but it hard to see Villa letting their record-signing and current top goalscorer depart for a small sum, especially as he hasn’t even been at the club for a year yet.

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