Friday 15 December 2017

John Aldridge accuses 'absolutely redundant' Roberto Firmino of 'horrible display'

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino

Callum Davis

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland great John Aldridge has delivered a damning assessment of Roberto Firmino's recent performances in the Premier League.

The Brazilian arrived at Anfield in a £29m deal in the summer, but Aldridge believes the winger has done little to live up to his price tag.

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column after Liverpool's shock 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park, Aldridge questioned Firmino's lacklustre performance.

"Roberto Firmino is playing as if something is wrong, mentally and physically. He’s been absolutely redundant the last two games after such a great display at Man City.

"It can't just be the fact his mate Coutinho is missing," Aldridge added.

Roberto Firmino was arguably the star player in Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City at the Etihad, scoring once and assisting Philippe Coutinho for another.

However, Aldridge believes Firmino was culpable for Liverpool's dearth in attacking threat in front of goal on Sunday.

"Christian Benteke played badly, but it was Firmino who made him look worse. Everything Benteke needed from him was absent in a horrible display.

"The Brazilian also pulled out of a challenge that was 55-45 in his favour. Liverpool fans won’t accept that. I’ve been going for 50 years and I know it’s unacceptable.

"If the ball is there to be won you win it. He’s going to have to learn to get stuck in."

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