Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher commented on the form of the front three of Liverpool, saying that he is “worried” about Roberto Firmino, a Brazilian forward.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Firmino’s combination have been a hallmark of the Liverpool side of Jurgen Klopp, winning the Premier League and Champions League together during their three-and-a-half years.
Recently, however, they have entered a dry spell, failing to record a single goal against Newcastle United, Southampton, and Manchester United in their last three league games.
While Salah is the top scorer with 13 in the Premier League, Mane and Firmino are not up to their normal levels, netting six and five respectively.
While Carragher has helped Salah and Mane in rediscovering their best form, Firmino is not so optimistic, fearing that his all-round game is deteriorating.
The former England international, speaking on Monday Night Football, said: “At this moment, I think Mane and Salah are going through poor form. It’s happening. I still have faith that Mane and Salah are going to start scoring goals again, but I have to admit I’m worried about Firmino.
The center-forward was never the one responsible for the Reds scoring their goals. It is his urgency and desire to get people into the game that has made Klopp such a success for him.
This season’s figures, however, show that his contribution has fallen in these regions. In previous years, the ball won an average of 1.11 games per 90 minutes in the final third, a figure that fell to 0.42 this year. Last season, when he wasn’t getting the goals and assists, you’d say, ‘well, look at what else he’s doing from the front,” Carragher added.
With Firmino, counter-pressing and winning the ball back have fallen off. He was the best in the league at it, but it’s a big drop off, over 50 percent from last season.
“He’s the one I’m worried about, whether it be a lack of form or maybe just that slow decline as you get a little bit older.”