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Roberto Firmino has delivered as Liverpool's main centre-forward - Robbie Fowler

Roberto Firmino has delivered as Liverpool's main centre-forward - Robbie Fowler
From ESPN - February 7, 2018

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Roberto Firmino has fully vindicated Jurgen Klopp's decision to install him as first-choice centre-forward.

The Brazilian arrived from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 and was more accustomed to playing an attacking midfield role, but having requested the No, 9 shirt at the start of this season he has delivered the best return of his professional career.

Firmino has 19 goals so far, 11 in the Premier League, and that easily eclipses his best campaign since coming to Europe when he scored 16 goals in the Bundesliga in 2013-14.

Despite having a role which cannot easily be pigeon-holed -- he is not an out-and-out striker, nor is he a No. 10 -- the 26-year-old has developed into a key player for manager Klopp.

Such has been Firmino's success that Daniel Sturridge, who has scored 63 in 133 games for Liverpool, was forced to go on loan to West Brom last month in order to get some game time.

"I did not really know much about him if I was totally honest,'' said Fowler -- the scorer of 183 goals in 369 appearances for the Reds -- at a Liverpool Legends training session ahead of their match with their Bayern Munich counterparts at Anfield next month.

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