Last season, Mohamed Salah was a phenomenon. The Egyptian moved to Liverpool and was expected to make an impact, but nobody predicted just how good he would be. He bagged over 30 league goals, and he was undoubtedly their most important player.
That’s unlikely to change this season, even if he is slightly less deadly, but because he’s not scoring as often, Liverpool are going to need someone else to step up to the plate to help them secure a famous title win this term.
Salah will continue to be crucial, but perhaps someone like Roberto Firmino could help reduce the load somewhat.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Firmino emerge as one of Liverpool’s main men again this season, given that he did it last season. He was outshone by Salah – any player in England would have been – but he bagged 15 goals in the Premier League, and that’s a tally that put him amongst the best scorers in the English top flight.
He doesn’t just contribute goals, too. He’s exceptional with the ball at his feet, and that helps him make an impact across the pitch, rather than just in front of the goal. With brilliant technical ability and energy, the Brazilian is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Premier League, and he’ll be expected to step it up again this season.
Firmino often finds himself in a variety of areas on the pitch, and thus he’s tasked with doing different jobs when that happens. He’ll track back and make a tackle, he’ll move wide and cross the ball, or he might even be the man heading a ball away from a corner. That’s the sort of player he is, and when he’s not impressing in front of goal, you can bet that he’ll make an impact defensively or in another way.
With Daniel Sturridge back in the fold, Firmino has some real competition for the first time in years, and that should help him as he looks to step up and, alongside Salah, make Liverpool title-winners again.
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