Brazil coach Tite has confirmed Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino will be handed a new role for his country’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Liverpool striker will be looking to rediscover his goalscoring touch with the Selecao as his position at club level comes under further scrutiny.
In the final game before the international break, Jurgen Klopp opted to start all four of his attacking players, including new signing Diogo Jota.
The summer signing has seven goals in his opening 11 games for the Reds, with many believing he should take the place of Firmino in Klopp’s XI.
However, in the draw vs Man City, the Brazilian forward was utilised behind the front three of Jota, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.
That allowed him to dictate play from a deeper position, during an impressive first-half showing.
And with Neymar missing the games against Venezuela and Uruguay, Tite has been forced to shuffle his deck, with Firmino playing in a position described as “more bow than arrow”.
He confirmed that Everton striker Richarlison would play as the number 9, the position usually filled by Firmino himself.
Tite said: “The placement in relation to Richarlison is ‘9’. Firmino’s will be a freer player, more bow than arrow, unlike the other game, will be more articulate.
“I don’t want to go into more detail either. In terms of strategy, we try to preserve some information, just as we take care of the opponent, he takes care of us.”
Elsewhere, Liverpool stopper Alisson is set to return to the line-up after missing their last two fixtures through injury.
Fabinho will miss the fixtures, with the Reds keeper highlighting his importance for Liverpool and Brazil.
“I believe that Fabinho is the most important player for both the club and the national team,” he told Globo Esporto
“He is a very important player wherever he is, he always proves his worth on the pitch.
“He had been playing for Van Dijk and, unfortunately, with his injury he has been missing for Brazil too.
“He can play as a number six, as a defender, he was a wide player in the past and these characteristics bring even more value to him.”
Expected Brazil XI vs Venezuela: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Renan Lodi; Allan, Douglas Luiz, Everton Ribeiro; Roberto Firmino; Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison