Roberto Firmino could be Liverpool's answer to Luis Suarez's departure

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If there's one thing Liverpool have lacked over the past few seasons, it's a clinical striker who can suitably replace Luis Suarez.

Whilst they have lost various other key contributors since coming so close to claiming the Premier League title in 2014 - like Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, Steven Gerrard to the MLS and Daniel Sturridge to injuries - the Reds have without a shadow of a doubt missed Suarez's goals most. 

A plethora of young, talented players have been brought in to help fill the void left by the Uruguayan striker, though none so far have sufficiently replaced him.


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Sure, Liverpool still have several key players from that season, such as Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho and defensive stalwart Martin Skrtel, but they alone cannot bring such hope back to Merseyside.

And unfortunately for Liverpool, they haven't the funds to go out and splash in excess of £50 million on a striker they so desperately need. So, what's the solution?

The Reds' best option seemed to be spending some £30 million on a proven Premier League forward, yet Christian Benteke has failed to replicate any previous form shown for Aston Villa.

Luckily for them, though - and it might be too soon to make such a suggestion - they have a player potentially capable of filling the Suarez role: Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian endured a tricky start to life on Merseyside following his £29 million move from Hoffenheim last summer, but he's beginning to show glimpses of the potential Liverpool saw in him.

Firmino was superb against Arsenal last Wednesday, scoring two excellent goals and causing problems for the Gunners' defence all game.

His renowned dribbling and trickery finally appear to be coming to fruition, whilst his movement has considerably improved since his arrival.

All signs point towards a promising future at Anfield for Firmino if his past few performances are anything to go by - and amidst a time when the world's best are out of Liverpool's reach, perhaps he's the best chance they have of replacing Suarez.

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