Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish has backed Roberto Firmino to refind his form and continue to be a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Brazilian has scored just once in 12 appearances for Liverpool this term and has managed only two assists.
But Dalglish isn’t worried by the striker’s poor numbers.
“I’m not particularly concerned about Firmino. Bobby is a great player with a great touch and gets through an awful lot of work,” Dalglish told the Liverpool Echo.
“He complements Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] when the three of them play together, and obviously the four of them played together at (Manchester) City (in the 1-1 draw) and were really good together.
“Bobby is a really important player for Liverpool.”
Firmino’s first-team place has come under further scrutiny due to the wonderful start to life at Anfield for new arrival Diogo Jota.
The 23-year-old has scored seven goals in just 11 games since his £41million move from Wolves.
And Dalglish has hailed the impact of the new striker.
“For Diogo to come in and score as freely as he has done and to make such an impact, not always having played the full game, will do him a world of good,” he said.
“It’s important when someone comes in and settles straight away, for the player and the club, just look at the contribution he has made.
“It’s great to have choice and that is what Jurgen has got.
“Some games he might play all four of them, like he did at Manchester City, but some games he might have to play three or choose to play two – if he wants to change the personnel.
“It’s like he’s got a crystal ball he gets that many decisions right, so I’m sure there’ll be more decisions he gets right over the forwards.
“It is a great position to be in and to have those players, just imagine you’re playing against them – it’s not the forwards that have to worry, it’s the defenders.”