Roberto Firmino is becoming a ‘huge burden’ on his Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
That’s the view of talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino, who believes the Brazilian’s lack of goals is becoming a huge problem for the Premier League champions.
The 29-year-old has scored just once since football restarted from its coronavirus suspension earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Salah and Mane have scored six and four league goals respectively already this term.
In his column for The Times, former Ireland and Chelsea forward Cascarino wrote: “It is only one goal in 20 Premier League matches now for Roberto Firmino as the Liverpool forward continues to struggle in front of goal.
“There was nothing particularly wrong with his all-round game against Everton — he linked the play well and was involved in the move for Liverpool’s opener — but his lack of productivity in front of goal is placing a huge burden on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
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“Should this goal drought continue, Firmino cannot afford the creative side of his game to slip.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp leapt to his striker’s defence when quizzed about Firmino’s recent form last weekend.
“I don’t know when it becomes a problem for me… but it is not even close to becoming a problem,” the German said.
“These are the things where I have to be different to the outside world.
“I can’t judge moments, periods, like you judge them – for me what is important is how influential the player is, how he works for the team.”
Published at Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:47:09 +0000