Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish defends ‘really important’ Roberto Firmino amid calls for him to be dropped


Kenny Dalglish has defended Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino (Pictures: Getty)

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has defended ‘really important’ Roberto Firmino amid calls for the striker to be dropped.

Brazil international Firmino has only scored five times for the Premier League champions in 2020 and once in 12 matches this season.

His Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and new signing Diogo Jota have been racking up the goals, sparking speculation that Firmino could drop out of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher believes it is time for Firmino to be dropped, and many Liverpool fans are in agreement.

But Dalglish, who won six league titles and three European Cups at Anfield, says he is ‘not concerned’ about Firmino, who remains a ‘really important’ player for Liverpool.

He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘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.

‘The belief he’ll have in himself and the confidence supporters will have in him, too.

Diogo Jota has flourished since joining Liverpool from Wolves (Picture: Getty)

‘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.

‘I’m not particularly concerned about Firmino. Bobby is a great player with a great touch and gets through an awful lot of work.

‘He compliments Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] when the three of them play together, and obviously the four of them played together at City and were really good together.

‘Bobby is a really important player for Liverpool.’

Dalglish also said that it is ‘great’ for Klopp to have so many attacking options, as Liverpool bid to defend the Premier League title.

‘It’s great to have choice and that is what Jurgen has got,’ he added.

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‘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.’

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