Liverpool told Chelsea star would flourish in role of nuanced Klopp man

Roberto Firmino Liverpool v Man City February 2021

Liverpool should think about bringing in Chelsea star Olivier Giroud as solid back-up for Roberto Firmino, according to one pundit.

Firmino has proved an unmissable part of Jurgen Klopp’s journey at Liverpool. Indeed, he is one of only few Reds stars who are still at the club since the German’s arrival.

The Brazilian, who wears No. 9, has faced criticism for his lack of goals in the past two seasons. Klopp, however, has insisted that Firmino’s pressing from the front and passing is just as valuable.

But Liverpool have continually struggled for support for their famed front three, especially Firmino. According to Tony Cascarino, Blues striker Giroud, 34, would slot in the team well.

“Absolutely. Yeah, I think there’s very few who can do the Roberto Firmino role,” the pundit told talkSPORT when asked if he would take the Frenchman at Anfield.

“At 35 years old, he’d do a great job.

“I still think there’s a year or two in him. He reminds me a little bit of Teddy Sheringham.”

Giroud has spent the last eight years in the Premier League, initially at Arsenal.

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The 105-time France international moved to Chelsea in January 2018, but has since faced continued speculation over his future.

Last season, he suffered a lack of game time under Frank Lampard leading into the January 2020 transfer window.

Giroud’s uncertain Chelsea stay

Hakim Ziyech, Olivier Giroud, Ngolo Kante Chelsea TEAMtalk

After entertaining links with Tottenham, Giroud stayed put and played a key role thereafter.

However, a raft of new signings including Timo Werner cast fresh doubt over his plans again ahead of this season’s winter window.

He insisted that he would look to move on if his game time did not improve, but he has again managed to find another gear.

Indeed, the striker scored an overhead kick winner in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

However, Giroud’s contract runs out this summer and it remains unclear if he will earn a new deal.

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