Former Red Danny Murphy believes that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could be replaced by Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
Firmino, who signed for Liverpool from Hoffenheim for a transfer fee of £29 million in the summer of 2015, has been sensational for the club.
Firmino has won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup for Liverpool in the past seven months.
The Brazilian has arguably turned himself into Jurgen Klopp’s most important player on the pitch. However, Murphy believes that if the Reds were to secure the services of Mbappe, the Frenchman could replace Firmino.
There is no suggestion that Liverpool are going to sign Mbappe, as Murphy was talking hypothetically.
“Could you get in another striker who gets in as many goals as Firmino? Yes,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“Would they make as many assists as Firmino, and help the cohesion of the team as good? Maybe not. But there are players out there.
“Firmino is a beautiful kind of complement for the Liverpool system and the way the two wingers play.
“As a three they’re tremendous, aren’t they? But if you were to say ‘no-one is like Firmino. He’s quite exceptional and unique and he’s a wonderful player’, it’s a bit like when Kevin Keegan left; Kenny Dalglish came in.
“Luis Suarez left, ‘Oh my God, who’s going to replace him?’ And then you’ve got [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and Firmino now.
“Firmino is well loved, as Suarez was. Rush left, [John] Aldridge came in and scored goals. Football does move on.
“Is he replaceable? Yes. Anybody is. It would change the dynamic.”
Murphy added: “If Liverpool were to lose Firmino and go and get Mbappe, would that be a more scary front three?
“Would he complement the two as much? It’s a debate. Nobody can give me a fact.
“I think if Mbappe was playing up front with Mane and Salah then that would be more scary than Firmino, Salah and Mane. That’s just me.
“I’m not belittling what Firmino’s done, he’s a wonderful footballer.”
Mbappe is clearly the next best thing in football. With that being the case, he would be a superb signing if Liverpool were to pull it off.
However, Firmino is a player that you could not replace in Klopp’s team. One could argue that Murphy has forgotten how good the Brazilian is.
Klopp would have to find a way to get both Firmino and Mbappe on the pitch together. There is an argument to be made that Firmino could play in behind the Frenchman.