Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted that he is “worried” about Reds’ forward Roberto Firmino.
The 29-year-old has been in a bit of a slump going back to last season and has been unable to revive the form he showed during both the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 campaigns.
Firmino, who is one of the club’s top earners taking home £180k-per-week, scored just one goal at Anfield during their title-winning campaign, but despite scoring five goals and providing three assists from 18 appearances this season, many are still worried about him (Whoscored).
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher indicated his concerns about the misfiring Brazilian.
“I must say, I am worried for Firmino,” he said. “He’s never been seen as ‘the goalscorer’ but he’s there to chip in.
“And when they’re not scoring, he needs to be a bigger goal threat. Even yesterday [against United] he had a couple of chances but wasn’t quite striking the ball right.
“Bringing players into the game has also dropped off and also, the counter-pressing and winning the ball back has dropped off.
“And not just this season. I’m actually going back to last season when Liverpool won the league.
“I was a little bit worried and then (I was) thinking ‘can he turn it around this season?’”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Carragher is right. While the stats may look as if he isn’t playing too badly this season, questions have been hanging over Firmino’s head for almost 12 months now.
There is no doubt that he deserves the opportunity to turn his fortunes around. Considering everything he has achieved at Anfield over the years, Klopp shouldn’t drop Firmino at this time, especially with Diogo Jota still injured. However, that stance may change upon Jota’s return, with hims having had such a strong start to life on Merseyside. Time will tell.
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