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Roberto Firmino struggling at Liverpool claims Graeme Souness

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Former Liverpool player Graeme Souness has admitted that he's confused by summer signing Roberto Firmino.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, the 62-year-old claims he's 'not quite sure what' the Brazilian ace is all about yet. 

Firmino arrived at Anfield following a fine stint at Bundesliga outfit 1899 Hoffenheim, but he's struggled to prove his class on Merseyside during the early stages of the season. 

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In fact, the 23-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular member of Brendan Rodgers' side so far this term - and Souness believes the versatile forward would prefer to be playing at No.10. 

However, with his compatriot Philippe Coutinho currently occupying that position, Firmino may well have to get to grips with a role out wide. As well as making the claim about Firmino, Souness believes Reds chief Rodgers is still struggling to find his best team. 

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Souness worry 

The Sky Sports pundit stated: "Brendan Rodgers is still scratching around for his best formation and a settled XI. Injuries are an obvious problem for him, but the other issue is the type of players he has bought - and that's something the manager has to take responsibility for.

"After the Manchester United game I said he seemed to be trying to put square pegs into round holes. I'm not quite sure what Roberto Firmino is yet.

"I think if you asked him he would only want to play in the No 10 position, but they've got Philippe Coutinho for that, and if you asked Danny Ings he would want to be a centre-forward, but he has played on the wing."

Coutinho the man 

Firmino is going to have to step up his game if he's going to prove a serious challenger to Coutinho for the No.10 position. 

Coutinho is clearly Liverpool's talisman right now. In the post-Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard era, the Brazilian has come to the forefront in recent time. 

The 23-year-old has the credentials to help Rodgers' side climb the league table sooner rather than later. The likes of Firmino must produce the goods, of course, but Coutinho must show them the way. 

Liverpool fans: what have you made of Firmino so far? Have your say below! 

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