Ever since joining Liverpool, Roberto Firmino has become one of the world’s most prolific players, a dynamic playmaker that can play as the team’s number 9, as a second striker, as an offensive midfielder and in both flanks of the pitch.
However, his work has often been shadowed by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, the team’s top-two strikers, just because he doesn’t seem to score enough goals due to the role he plays on Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Shockingly, Firmino hasn’t even scored at Anfield in the Premier League this season, something that has former Red striker John Aldridge in disbelief, claiming his form ‘is a mystery’ and his goal vs. Tottenham ‘confused him’:
“One mystery for me this season has been the form of Roberto Firmino and his goal added another layer to the confusion. Firmino is still waiting for his first Premier League goal at Anfield and appears to have entirely different confidence levels in away matches. He has popped up with some of the most significant goals in Liverpool’s season with the winners at Southampton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace, as well as scoring the goals that secured the FIFA World Club Cup.
Yet when I have watched him at Anfield this season, he has looked like a player horribly out of tune and struggling for confidence. That is a bizarre position to be in for a player who is such a crucial part of this incredible team Klopp has pieced together, with his goal at Tottenham fired home with impressive authority. He smashed that chance past Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga to give Liverpool a lead against predictably defensive-minded Jose Mourinho team. It was a finish of a striker who had full belief in his abilities and I suspect that if the same chance came his way at Anfield, he may well have fluffed his lines,” Aldridge told the Irish Independent.
Firmino has played a major role in Jurgen Klopp’s team success so far this season so it’s hard to point him for not scoring goals at home. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not quite strange, to be honest.