- Aug 26, 2014
Lemar doesnt play like Mane or Salah. Neither does Fekir. Neither do Brandt or Draxler. Yet all are forwards we made serious attempts to sign. Hell, Phil didn't and he was still exceptional in the role. If Klopp can view how new players can still fit in despite having different attributes than Mane or Salah then it doesnt make sense to act like the requirement to play instead of them is being an analogue of them.I don't think I'm being too out of line. You wouldn't use wingers like Beckham and Downing to cover Salah and Mane just because they play roughly the same position. Salah and Mane are practically out and out strikers who start wide and cut inside to the space that is vacant because Firmino doesn't take it up like a traditional number 9. If you replace them with players like Ox and Shaqiri its different. Firmino isn't vacating the space for anyone in particular it's just being left vacant. What's more they'll either contest the wide areas meaning Robertson and Alexander-Arnold can't attack the space (as there isn't any space) or they'll be cutting into attacking midfield. I think at the club at moment the most natural cover we have for Salah and Mane is Origi, Brewster and Kent not guys like Shaqiri, Ox and Wilson.