Liverpool ought to signal a brand new centre-forward to switch Roberto Firmino this summer season, reckons Darren Bent.
The Brazil striker’s beginning place has come beneath menace as a result of influence of Diogo Jota, who has scored 12 targets in 24 appearances in his debut season at Anfield.
In the meantime, Firmino has managed simply six targets this time period with Liverpool preventing for a prime 4 spot, lower than a yr after profitable a primary Premier League title in 30 years.
The Reds have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain ahead Kylian Mbappe in latest months – and Bent insists Liverpool should herald a striker earlier than the beginning of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.
He informed talkSPORT 2: “I do know at one stage his maintain up play and the way in which he introduced gamers into the sport, folks had been making excuses for him about his poor objective return.
“However now, it’s time to deliver somebody in. He may play as a No.10, however then you must take one of many legs out of the midfield in [Jordan] Henderson, [Georginio] Wijnaldum, Fabinho. The place is he going to slot in?
“So now it’s worthwhile to exit and get one other centre-forward. Somebody who’s bought the pedigree, the calibre to attain targets and do every part else.
“Possibly it’s time for Firmino to play second fiddle to somebody. There have been a few seasons the place he was excellent, he received the league, he was sensible.
“However you may see already now he’s beginning to tail off a bit.”