Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be perfectly suited to Liverpool’s style of play, but not in the role he prefers.
The Gabon superstar was on the scoresheet yet again for Arsenal on Sunday, netting in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates.
Deployed on the left-hand side for part of the game, Aubameyang would rather thrive in a central role long-term.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, however, Jose Mourinho claims that’s the only position he would excel in at Liverpool, benefiting from the brilliance of Roberto Firmino:
I think Aubameyang probably likes to play in the middle because he feels that he can score more goals.
But maybe he can score as many goals playing on the left. What happens in Liverpool, Firmino drops back, in between the lines. Then he gives more space for Salah and Mane to attack these diagonals.
I could see Aubameyang playing on that left-side for Liverpool and scoring a lot of goals.
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Mourinho may rub people up the wrong way, but his analysis is always something worth taking note of.
He is spot on in his assessment of both Aubameyang and Firmino, highlighting how they could work together.
The Brazilian remains, and will always be, the most unsung of Liverpool’s much-loved front-three, but he is the most important of the trio in many ways.
Aubameyang lacks the selflessness and creativity to lead the line for Jurgen Klopp’s team, but he would be devastating out on the left.
It’s nothing more than a pipe dream, however, with Liverpool sorted in that area, thanks to the magic of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
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