For arguably the first time in his Liverpool career Roberto Firmino’s future at Anfield has become somewhat uncertain.
At least from the outside anyway.
Diogo Jota’s arrival , twinned with the Brazilian’s less than impressive form in front of goal, meant that there were genuine calls for him to no longer be an undisputed starter.
Reds icon Jamie Carragher has previously suggested that if anyone from Liverpool’s prolific front-three was to be replaced, it could be Firmino.
“At this moment, I think [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah are going through poor form. It happens,” he told Sky Sports in January.
“I’m still confident that Mane and Salah will start scoring goals again, but I must say I am worried for Firmino.”
But in the face of external speculation about his place in the team, Jurgen Klopp has been completely unfazed, highlighting his importance to the side.
“Bobby is a complete footballer,” Klopp explained. “A football team is like an orchestra, you have different people for different instruments.
“Some of them are louder than others but they are all important for the rhythm. Bobby plays something like 12 instruments in our orchestra. He’s very important.”
Even after Jota’s return from injury, Firmino has remained an ever-present in the line-up.
Harvey Elliott is set to become another option for Klopp this summer, after impressing hugely on loan for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.
But he has helped shine some light on Firmino’s situation, pinpointing him as the club’s best performer in training.
“Being around Mo Salah, Van Dijk, Henderson, the list goes on, all of the squad are amazing,” he told the Counter Attack Podcast.
“Which one impressed me the most? (Roberto) Firmino. When he is on the ball, you can’t get it off him. He is a joke.
“It’s a Brazilian thing. They are all technically so good, Fabinho and even Alisson whenever they are on the ball.
“Everyone has their different qualities and you can see why they are one of the best teams in the world. They have talent and skill and all work 100%.
“But when I first saw Firmino, I was just dazed watching him as what he was doing with the ball was unbelievable.”
While there is sure to be more discussion during the summer, his performances at the club’s new AXA training facility could yet be the deciding factor in his long-term future.