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Firmino makes it all tick for Liverpool, says Heskey

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The former Liverpool striker believes adding more firepower to the frontline could be disruptive, and added that Firmino is ‘the one that makes it all tick’.

Roberto Firmino is perhaps the most underrated Liverpool player, largely for his lack of regular goals. He tends to operate in a supporting role behind Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Despite the lack of goals compared to the other two, however, Firmino is an essential cog in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up. In fact, the Reds coach has frequently praised the Brazilian’s unselfish attitude.

A lack of suitable cover behind the club’s star trio is a concern for the Premier League champions, though. Therefore, Klopp may seek reinforcements this summer.

The German is also at risk of losing Divock Origi, who is reportedly of interest to Aston Villa.

Moreover, there is a general feeling that Klopp can add a little more firepower in his attacking department.

But Heskey, who scored 60 goals in 223 games between 2000 and 2004 at Anfield, isn’t on the same page.

“It’s whether you disrupt that front three and push for someone else,” the ex-Reds striker told BBC.

“They get most of their goals from the wings and Firmino is the one that makes it all tick.

“Do you disrupt that by taking him out of there and putting in someone who might get you more goals but might disrupt the balance of what makes that particular three work?”

On other potential transfer plans, Heskey added: “Liverpool will want to strengthen in some capacity if they can.

“I would say second-string rather than the first XI. Arguably, Manchester City probably have the strongest squad and Liverpool probably have the strongest team.”