Liverpool star ‘could be doing more’ despite being regular starter for Jurgen Klopp
Peter Crouch believes Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could be doing more and has questioned his recent goalscoring record given that he is yet to notch this season. The Brazilian remains a key figure for Jurgen Klopp and is one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet.
Firmino recorded his lowest-ever Premier League goal tally last season at Anfield, netting just nine times, despite getting his hands on the title.
The arrival of Diogo Jota has put increasing pressure on the likes of Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to perform with the Portuguese international desperate for more opportunities.
Liverpool’s favoured front three got the nod from Klopp in Amsterdam but with the games coming thick and fast, things could change.
While Crouch is a big fan of Firmino, he believes he has more to offer for the champions.
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He said on BT Sport: “I love him as a player and I do think he’s perfect for the other two but let’s be honest he’s got to be scoring more goals.
“If he’s not scoring the goals then I think he’s got to be creating more than he does.
“I love him as a player. I don’t want to slag him off but I think he could be doing more.”
Klopp has already passionately defended his striker following recent criticism, ahead of the Merseyside derby.
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The German was hoping Firmino would be returning to Melwood full of confidence, after scoring twice for Brazil on international duty.
“These are things where I have to be different to the outside world,” Klopp said, when quizzed on Firmino’s lack of form.
“If I would judge moments as much as you have to judge moments – and moments are not only a second, or a game, or two games, three games, it can be a period.
“For me, it’s just as important how influential the player is, how he works for the team.
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“We lost the last Premier League game [against Aston Villa], and before that we won all the Premier League games and Bobby didn’t score, but Bobby was incredibly influential.
“It was always clear, a player like Bobby, if he’s not scoring and people start focusing on that, then you realise even he loses, from time to time, the ball. Then you add it on.
“He doesn’t score and he loses balls and all these kinds of things then all of a sudden you speak about ‘Is that Bobby Firmino?’ Yes, it is.
“I was in training, he scored twice for Brazil, he is in top shape to be honest and will play for as long as he can.”
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