Long Time Nemesis™
- Sep 17, 2012
I agree, but Minamino has played twice as much as a wide forward so far in his career than as a centre forward*, which suggests to me that he is a real option in place of either Mané or Salah as well. As I mentioned previously, his scoring effectiveness has been nearly identical in any of those front 3 positions.He could be. Klopp could have pulled a "Robertson" and end up with another player who is one best in the world in his position for a real low cost. Saying that though Klopp could have also just done a "Shaqiri/Klavan" and got a player (one of the very few in the world I might add) who is able to play like Firmino to finally offer us cover in that false 9 position. Its been pointed out multiple times over the last few seasons just how much we rely on Firmino for our style of attack to work.
A player who is an improvement on Shaqiri in terms of +talent, +fitness, +greater positional flexibility solves basically all our problems up front, imo.
(*Another way of saying this is that he's played roughly the same number of games in each of the front three positions.)