Firmino’s finish is like a back pass, says Liverpool reporter


We love Bobby. He’s a Liverpool legend. He played a major role in the great things we’ve done under Jurgen Klopp – and that will never be forgotten.

But wow, it’s amazing that a player with such technique and skill couldn’t put his foot in football.

“Roberto Firmino has never scored enough, but the more his attempts at goal carry the velocity of a backpass, the more it becomes a major concern,” wrote Chris Bascombe in The Telegraph.

And he’s right. Firmino either marks the tap-ins, the odd header, or it doesn’t. His ability to shoot from anywhere around the penalty spot and beyond is appalling.

This quarter, he has six goals in 31 Premier League appearances. Only Timo Werner has a worse record compared to his expected goals (xG) this season.

When Sadio Mane was also scoring Virgil van Dijk was participating with directed efforts on set pieces, Trent Alexander-Arnold was shooting in free kicks and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered a steady return from the bench, we could get away with his lack of goal.

But now it’s Salah or bust. There is too much pressure on the Egyptian’s shoulders. It will be much easier to deal with when our defenders return, as we might only need one goal to rack up three points – but still – a more consistent finish, likely by a new center-forward – seems more and more necessary.

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