Carragher reveals why he’s ‘worried’ for Liverpool star

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2021 9:43 - Joe Williams

Jamie Carragher Man Utd Liverpool

Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could be the one to be replaced if Jurgen Klopp decides to break up his front three.

Firmino has five goals and three assists in 18 Premier League matches this season for Liverpool but his lack of composure in front of goal has been highlighted recently as Liverpool go through a barren run of form.

The Reds have taken two points from their last four league games, only scoring one goal in that time and sliding down the table from first to fourth.


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And Carragher has pointed out Firmino’s form as a possible reason for the club’s lack of goals.

“The reason I say that Liverpool’s front three is unique is not that they are better than other front threes, it’s how long they’ve stayed together,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“They are now in their fourth season and the great front threes in the Premier League have normally only been together for two or three years.

“We’re now in year four for Liverpool and we’re maybe going to go into year five because they’ve all got two or three years left on their contracts. They are all getting to their late 20s and sooner or later that front three will have to be broken up.

“You can’t, in two years’ time, say ‘we’re going to buy a new front three’ and replace them all. It will change over time. At this moment, I think Mane and Salah are going through poor form. It happens. I’m still confident that Mane and Salah will start scoring goals again, but I must say I am worried for Firmino.

“He’s never been seen as the goal scorer, that’s the responsibility of the other two. But he’s there to chip in and when they’re not scoring, and I just feel he needs to be a bigger goal threat.

“Yesterday [against Manchester United], he had a couple of chances but he’s not quite striking the ball right. His bringing players into the game has dropped off too.

“And also the counter-pressing and winning the ball back has dropped off with Firmino, and not just this season. I’m actually going back to last season, when Liverpool won the league. I was a little bit worried then and I was thinking, Can he turn it around this season?’

 

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