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Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.

Video shows reason why Klopp prefers to start Firmino over Sturridge

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Philippe Coutinho's impending six-week absence from the Liverpool lineup through injury is a big blow to the Merseyside club's title challenge. There's no doubt about that.

However, the 24-year-old isn't the only Brazilian who has been in fine form at Anfield so far this season. Roberto Firmino - with five goals and three assists in 1,067 minutes of Premier League action - has been just as influential for Jurgen Klopp's men.

But, whilst Firmino's goals and assists have been key in keeping him in the Liverpool starting XI ahead of Daniel Sturridge, a piece of video analysis from one Liverpool fan may have provided an example of exactly why the Brazilian is starting ahead of the England striker in the first place.

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At the start of the season, there were a few raised eyebrows when Klopp opted to unleash the Coutinho, Mane, Firmino triumvirate instead of playing Sturridge as the main striker. 

Just one league defeat later, and with 30 goals scored en route to second in the Premier League table, there are few on Merseyside complaining anymore. Sturridge, meanwhile, has often been left to cut a frustrated figure on the Liverpool bench. 

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And, whilst the England forward may now get his chance to impress following Coutinho's ankle ligament injury, he might want to take a look at the below video before he next pulls on the Liverpool shirt. 

Evidence

Created by Twitter account 'LFC Impulse', the video shows footage from Liverpool's recent 0-0 draw against Southampton.

Focussing on Firmino, it shows two examples of the Brazilian forward's work ethic and tireless attempts to win back the ball when Liverpool are out of possession.

While this sort of effort isn't the kind of thing that will make the Match of the Day highlight reel, it could actually be the main reason Firmino has nailed down his spot in the starting XI.

Klopp's philosophy has always relied upon defending from the front and a high press. The Brazilian forward has clearly bought into that, whereas Sturridge has often be criticised in this department.

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Indeed, speaking this week about who would replace Coutinho, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp noted this exact issue.

"Daniel Sturridge has tremendous ability - we all know that - but the work ethic that Klopp wants from his team, I'm not sure he possesses that."

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