Jurgen Klopp told he must act to address Roberto Firmino’s recent slump

Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge has suggested Jurgen Klopp should consider resting Roberto Firmino as the Reds No.9 continues to toil in front of goal.

Firmino has been practically an ever-present under Klopp since joining in 2015, but despite their success last season the 29-year-old managed just nine goals in the Premier League.

He has got off to a similarly slow start in the current campaign, scoring just once, and attracted criticism from some.

There is pressure on Klopp to play new signing Diogo Jota more, with the former Wolves man impressing in his appearances so far.

And speaking to the Liverpool Echo Aldridge expressed his concern over Firmino's form.

“I am still a big Bobby Firmino fan, I love him as a player and what he brings to the side, but things are not good with him and haven’t been for some time now," Aldridge said.

“He’s dipped well below his best for the last year or so and maybe he does need a rest. He certainly needs something because at the moment we’re not seeing the player who has played such a key role in the rise under Jurgen Klopp.

“He’s blunt, he’s lost that sharpness and he’s not getting in the box enough.

“He will know and the manager will know – I do myself as a centre forward – that it’s just not happening for him at the moment.

“He seems to be doing all his work in areas where it’s not hurting defenders and needs to be causing them problems in and around the box.

“I do still think we need him because he’s a fantastic player but the manager has got to find a way to get him ticking again in the way he was a couple of years ago.”

It remains to be seen if Firmino starts Liverpool's Champions League game against Atalanta on Tuesday and their huge Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday.

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