James Pearce has slammed the performance of Roberto Firmino in their 1-1 home draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men wasted a golden opportunity to take all three points at Anfield and thus give themselves a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League for nest season, and instead find themselves with a lot of work to do to achieve that goal.
Joe Willock scored a very late equaliser for Steve Bruce’s team to stab a dagger into the hearts of the Reds faithful after Mo Salah had given them an early lead.
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Nonetheless, with the chances that Liverpool squandered, it left Pearce very frustrated at the players after the final whistle, none more so than Firmino.
Writing for The Athletic (via Anfield Watch), the journalist raged: “Firmino was infuriating, especially in those final 10 minutes. He just kept giving the ball away. The lack of composure and common sense out there was ridiculous.”
Firmino was frustrating
Firmino was certainly frustrating to watch, as he was guilty of missing multiple chances to score with his three shots on goal. He also lost possession far too often in the game – 17 times in total, the most of any of his teammates to have set foot on the pitch (Sofascore).
The Brazil international simply needs to be more clinical in front of goal – the last of his six goals this season came almost three months ago – or the Reds will likely continue to drop more points in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
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