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Pep Lijnders should get transfer reunion for Roberto Firmino heir who gave Liverpool 'headaches'

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Roberto Firmino is, quietly, about to follow Sadio Mané out of the Liverpool exit door.

Reds fans may not want to accept it just yet, but another stalwart of the Jürgen Klopp era is on his way out.

One man who was already well aware of his qualities was assistant manager Pep Lijnders.

READ MORE: Liverpool must put aside Jude Bellingham ‘caveat’ as truly unique transfer opportunity emerges READ MORE: Pep Guardiola and Louis van Gaal pose Liverpool 'unicorn' question amid new Virgil van Dijk role Perhaps the simplest way to express the contrast in their styles is that Firmino does his most important work outside the area, whereas Jota and Núñez are, first and foremost, penalty-box killers.

For instance, he rarely presses at Atlético Madrid (18th percentile), whereas Firmino is expected to hunt the ball tirelessly (95th percentile).

The manager might push for Firmino to be granted an extension, but it feels unlikely that the club will grant that wish in light of the Brazilian’s declining performance levels in recent years.

At Atlético, he records very few touches in the attacking penalty area (third percentile), while Firmino is in the 88th percentile at Liverpool.
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