Jamie Carragher urges Liverpool to bring in a striker to replace Roberto Firmino

Jamie Carragher believes the time has finally come for Liverpool to replace Roberto Firmino at the pinpoint of their attack in the summer transfer window.

Firmino has played an integral part in the Reds' success under Jurgen Klopp, forming a sensational attacking trio with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah that inspired them to Premier League and Champions League titles in recent years.

Despite often playing as their No.9, however, the Brazilian has failed to score more than 15 goals in a single Premier League campaign for Liverpool, instead turning provider by laying on assists for top goalscorers Mane and Salah.

When the Merseyside club were winning game after game, and Firmino was teeing up his lethal team-mates on a weekly basis, it was difficult to argue with his inclusion at the top of their frontline.

But with Klopp's men struggling in the defence of their Premier League title – Manchester City are currently 13 points away at the summit – his lack of firepower while leading the line is back under the microscope.

Firmino has only netted six times in all competitions, registering more assists so far this season (7).

And Carragher thinks his former club need to go out and buy a replacement for him when the transfer window reopens this summer.

"Bobby Firmino plays the No9 role but he’s not a number nine – I think Liverpool could do with bringing a striker in," the Liverpool legend said on Sky Bet's Super Six podcast.

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  • "I think there’s too much pressure on Mane and Salah."

    He then added: "Firmino doesn’t score enough for me. In terms of the current front three, he’s the one I worry about in terms of keeping his place.

    "The Liverpool front 3 needs changing and that means Bobby Firmino coming out."

    Liverpool are gearing up for a crucial Merseyside derby showdown with Everton on Saturday night, where they will hope to build on their 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday to resurrect their Premier League form.

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