Jurgen Klopp has given an extensive explanation of why Roberto Firmino will not be replaced despite the attacker’s profligacy in front of goal.
Firmino have managed just 6 goals in 43 goals and 16 in 90 games that is hardly befitting for a striker expected to leave Liverpool to major trophies.
But that hasn’t stopped Jurgen Klopp from backing his number 9. Klopp revealed that the reason why Firmino is struggling to score goals is down to the defensive problems the club is currently facing. The attacker works extremely hard to win back the ball rather than attack more.
Asked why Firmino is struggling, Klopp sumed up by saying: “So let me say it like this, when we lost our defence and stability a bit because of injuries, everybody had to play differently to protect the defence.
“That means you play a yard further back, or two, or five, or 10. That keeps your focus away from an offensive situation because you would think already that when you lose the ball you have to get it back”.
But that doesn’t explain why Mohamed Salah has scored 20 Premier League goals in 33 appearances and 32 in 47 appearance in all competitions. Salah is scoring goals in rapid rate despite the injuries.
If Salah can score over 30 goals in a injury ravaged team why is Roberto Firmino misfiring despite having 34 clear cut chances to score? Why can’t the Brazilian covert at least 20 of his goal bound shots? Or, those injury to defense affect a striker’s instinctive finishing?
So many questions to ask Klopp and Firmino but one conclusion we got from Jurgen Klopp is that Roberto Firmino won’t be replaced now or next season.
That blind faith remains the reason Liverpool are where they are. Klopp was warned about placing too much faith on Van DIjk knowing an injury to the Dutch captain will grind the team to a halt. But did Klopp listen, the manager stuck to Van Dijk until the inevitable happened.
Now, its Roberto Firmino’s turn. The coach is still placing a blind trust on a striker who has digressed so baldy that he can’t even shoot properly. Firmino shots are so weak and skewed that even an average striker will be labelled world best facing him.
The Brazilian needs to be replaced this summer if Liverpool are serious about competing against Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel resurgent Chelsea for both domestic and European trophies.