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Roberto Firmino could play new role for Liverpool next season after intriguing Jurgen Klopp hint

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Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City in the FA Cup was not a game that most people would remember in too much detail from last season, but it was one in which Jürgen Klopp performed an interesting experiment.

For a short spell, Roberto Firmino — often injured in the previous campaign and playing a reduced role even when fit — was deployed in a different position, though not one that was completely alien to him.

Firmino was always a number 10 for his previous club, Hoffenheim, so when Klopp asked him to drop a little deeper again and perform the left-sided number eight position in midfield, it would not have been that difficult for a player as intelligent as the 30-year-old to adapt.

Against Cardiff, it was only 11 minutes before Klopp moved Firmino further forward again, replacing Takumi Minamino with James Milner and switching things around, but he had also played a similar deeper role in Premier League matches with Tottenham and Leicester.

But there are reasons to believe that Firmino could cope in slightly more strenuous circumstances — against a lower-placed Premier League side, for instance.

Additionally, with Firmino in midfield, it is not that different to switching to 4-2-3-1 and having the Brazilian as the number 10 — something that plenty of people are keen for Liverpool to try.

While he might not do it often, Firmino could have a new role next season perhaps more frequently than he did last.
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