Bryan Gil - A perfect Firmino replacement in the makings?

Bryan Gil could potentially replace Firmino in the future. Would he be a good fit?
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Since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, he made the choice of playing Roberto Firmino in the now uncommon "False 9" role in the middle of a front three.

Formerly a creative midfielder, many thought the striking role may be too much for Firmino, who went on to prove many doubters wrong.

Despite being almost ever-present in the Liverpool side, many did question his goal and assist output, which seemed low for an attacker.

Firmino has scored an average of 11.4 goals a season from 2015-2020, not an insignificant amount but not what you'd expect from a truly elite striker. 

What made him stand out from the crowd though is his work rate and his ability to make space for the true goalscorers in the team, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Despite Firmino being a fan favorite, it is likely that the fans will want a more traditional goal scorer when it comes time for him to leave.

However, with the likes of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all being unable to shine in Klopp's system, it is likely Klopp will want someone in a similar mold to Firmino. 

This man could well be Sevilla's Bryan Gil, who is currently on loan at Eibar. 

Bryan Gil: Potential Firmino Replacement

Bryan Gil could potentially replace Roberto Firmino

Bryan Gil could potentially replace Roberto Firmino

Gil is actually a winger by trade, but at 20 years-old it is possible that Klopp could mold him into the exact kind of player that he needs for his system. 

Similar to Firmino, Gil isn't a huge goal scorer, managing just three goals in 25 appearances in La Liga this season.

Gil shoots around 1.5 times per game, around 1 less than the Brazilian but that can be put down to both his team and his position.

Eibar are struggling in La Liga this term and struggle to build attacks limiting Gil's output.

Being outside he is less likely to shoot and score than Firmino would be, so the main takeaway should actually be the fact his shot on target percentage is only 7% lower at 31.4% compared to the 38.4% of Firmino.

There are other signs that Gil could have greater output in a better side as well, with his six-goal contributions (three goals, three assists) being 22% of all Eibar's goals.

Gil's 3.63 shot creating actions per match could be valuable to Liverpool, especially if deployed with expert goalscorer Mohamed Salah.

2.35 of his passes ends in a shot at Eibar, this could sky rocket at Anfield though with Diogo Jota, Mane and Salah all being shot happy, which could boost his assists. 

The Spaniard is capable of being more than just an attacking threat though.

Just like Firmino, Gil does a lot of pressing and defending from the front, something that Liverpool have become known for under Klopp.

This season he has been tackling 1.41 players per game, slightly more than Firmino who sits on 1.19. 

Unlike Firmino though, Gil completes a lot of defensive actions in his defensive third rather than the attacking one. However, this is likely due to Eibar having to defend more than Liverpool due to the other team getting more of the ball. 

Gil's work rate is a lot higher than other attackers as well, attempting 17 pressures per game, an outstanding number for an attacker. 

When Klopp plays his trademark counter press, someone like Gil attacking high up could make all the difference for his side, especially if he can contribute goals. 

The ability to defend high, score and create is rare to find all wrapped up into one footballer, so it would almost be stupid not to move for the youngster. 

Even if he can't cut it in the first team, Gil would make a great back up for the whole attacking line, especially at such a young age.