16.4 C
Los Angeles
Thursday, June 20, 2024

Why Ten Hag is living on borrowed time

After an encouraging first season, Manchester United...

Roberto Firmino – How vital is he to Liverpool?

In the summer of 2015, Memphis Depay was the main target for most of the big clubs in England and Manchester United won that race. Roberto Firmino’s transfer to Liverpool was largely muted as Depay dominated the headlines. However, the Brazilian has proved to be the more successful signing and in a time of hyper inflated prices, £29 million feels like a steal.

The 26 year old has gone from strength to strength each season whilst on Merseyside and he has bettered his goal scoring record each season in the Premier League. With ten goals in his first season, he managed one more the following season and notched up 15 goals in the season just gone. With one goal against Leicester City already he is expected to better his previous tally last year.

However, he was even more productive in the Champions League last year as he helped Liverpool all the way to the final. He found the back of the net eleven times in 15 games en route to Kiev and was instrumental in the 5-2 semi-final win over Roma. He was even named in the Champions League side of the year.

Since the departure of Phillipe Coutinho, the “fab four” became the “fab three” and Firmino has continued to cause destruction with his strike partners Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. The three of them combined to score 91 goals between them last season in all competitions. Considering none of them play as a conventional number nine it is astounding.

All eyes are usually on Salah but Firmino is probably more important to how they play for Liverpool. He is able to find the killer pass for his other striking companions, he can move the ball quickly after holding it up for other players to catch up and he is not afraid to run at defenders at will. But more importantly he can contribute defensively, he will track back and help his fullbacks, who have normally marauded forward themselves, so that they are not caught on the counter.

This sentiment is backed up by his fellow teammate Sadio Mane. He feels that a lot of the attention is focused on him and Salah but that Firmino does not get the credit he deserves. He describes him as “an animal” because of his intense work rate to make things happen as a collective for Liverpool.

It is true that the Brazilian is overlooked and the same could be said about the national team as he is often used as a substitute. However, at Liverpool he is a regular starter and one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team sheet and rightly so. Liverpool would not function as well as they do attackingly if it wasn’t for Roberto Firmino.

Hot this week

5 Players Chelsea Could Sign in January

Following their 2-0 victory over Spurs, Frank Lampard's Chelsea...

Decision To Loan Out Young Striker Can Haunt Chelsea

It's been a busy summer of transfer activity at...

Moises Caicedo Will Perfectly Fit in Chelsea Lineup

Moises Caicedo has been the most sought-after midfielder in...

What’s going on at Manchester United? 

A new season, but the same question remains. What...

Why Manchester United Will Struggle This Season

The new footballing season is barely two games old,...

Why Ten Hag is living on borrowed time

After an encouraging first season, Manchester United manager Erik...

Trent Alexander-Arnold Shines in Dogged Liverpool Performance

Nothing quite divides opinion like Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Liverpool...

What’s going on at Manchester United? 

A new season, but the same question remains. What...

Why Manchester United Will Struggle This Season

The new footballing season is barely two games old,...

Is Virgil van Dijk (Big Virj) overrated?

The answer is yes. Never in the history of...
spot_img

Related Articles

Popular Categories

spot_imgspot_img