Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is becoming a ‘huge burden’ on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, according to Tony Cascarino. The Brazilian has netted just once in 20 Premier League matches for the Reds, something Jurgen Klopp may need to think about.
Firmino impressed in the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw at the weekend but ultimately was unable to score once again.
Cascarino thinks if the run continues for much longer the pressure on Mane and Salah could become too much.
Liverpool are also facing a fresh challenge with Virgil van Dijk unlikely to feature until the back end of the season.
That’s because the Dutchman needs knee surgery after damaging his ACL in a collision with Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
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Cascarino thinks Firmino presents another challenge for Klopp.
He told The Times: “It is only one goal in 20 Premier League matches now for Roberto Firmino as the Liverpool forward continues to struggle in front of goal.
“There was nothing particularly wrong with his all-round game against Everton — he linked the play well and was involved in the move for Liverpool’s opener — but his lack of productivity in front of goal is placing a huge burden on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
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“Should this goal drought continue, Firmino cannot afford the creative side of his game to slip.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has leant his support to Van Dijk and his long recovery ahead.
“Yeah, it’s a tough one. It’s a big blow for us. For him personally, obviously. But for us as a team, a massive blow,” the captain told Liverpool’s official website on Monday.
“I’m just gutted for him. So, it’s been a tough couple of days, I spoke to him yesterday. And yeah, it’s a difficult moment, but that’s when you need to be there for each other.
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“I’ll be there as much as I possibly can for him, I’m sure the lads will do the same and his family certainly will, to help him through the journey he’ll go on.
“But I’m sure he’ll be back stronger. In the meantime we’ve got to do everything we can to help make us stronger and basically go and win as many games as we can for him, really.”
Liverpool return to action against Ajax in the Champions League tomorrow (8pm).
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