Liverpool ultimately picked up a comfortable 2-0 win against Fulham this afternoon with goals from Salah and Shaqiri helping the Reds (temporarily) return to the top of the Premier League table.
Although the football improved significantly after the break, one man who earned criticism for his performance was Roberto Firmino, with fans once again disappointed at the Brazilian’s display leaving a lot to be desired.
There were some decent moments from Firmino, but his performance was marred by poor touches, attempting to do too much with the ball and seemingly struggling with the change of system that resulted in him playing just behind Salah in a number 10 role, as opposed to the number of 9 of last season.
Roberto Firmino’s form is diabolical, by the the way.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) November 11, 2018
Firmino’s better as a striker, Salah is better as a winger. Not sure why you’d move them tbh
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) November 11, 2018
I miss Bobby Firmino as our no.9. He plays so deep now as Klopp has set up
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) November 11, 2018
Having to often drop deep to suit his new role in the 4-2-3-1 deployed by Klopp today, Firmino managed to create a few decent chances, memorably a perfectly weighted pass to Robertson in the second half, but he generally seemed far less effective when not playing as a nine.
Although it seemed a necessity for Klopp to change systems, with his favoured 4-3-3 not generating the desired level of football thus far, it seems as if Firmino has to adjust to the change if this is going to be a permanent switch.
Firmino is, quite rightly, a fan favourite at Anfield — epitomising the perfect Jurgen Klopp player with his tireless dedication to pressing, highly skilful and ability to link play with ease, with only 2 league goals this season and only 1 in his last 10, the 27-year-old’s form is worrying.
However, supporters are fully aware of what he brings to the side and hopefully it should only be a matter of time before he’s firing again; whether this is as a number 9 or further back remains to be seen.