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Fowler regret highlights how lucky Liverpool are to have Roberto Firmino

Robbie Fowler recently talked about his biggest regret at Liverpool and it highlights the importance of Roberto Firmino.

“I had frustration in my career that I never had a partner who was a creator, with the team built to provide me with chances,” Fowler wrote in the Mirror. “I was always alongside another scorer – [Ian] Rush, Stan Collymore, Michael [Owen].”

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The recent ‘controversy’ between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah brought about Fowler’s comments. Salah didn’t pass the ball to a wide-open Mane and shot instead – missing the target.

The two are pretty selfish players, always looking to score but that can be a good thing. They score consistently, constantly threaten, and lead the attack.

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But as Fowler said – it can be frustrating playing with a player who is looking to do what you do. Thank god, then, for Firmino, who has become a revelation since his £29m arrival.

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Firmino operates between the two and is about as selfless as a forward gets. He does all the running necessary and deliberately moves out of the best spaces to leave room for Mane and Salah.

It’s an incredible role – in which he’s the best in the world – and it dramatically improves the fortunes of teammates.

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Liverpool will have a problem when he slows down or moves on. You can’t replace him with a traditional forward, even one as good as Kylian Mbappe, for example, without changing the attack completely.

The selflessness adds to the team in a way that more goals wouldn’t. Fowler and his Liverpool would have been better if they’d had Firmino.

And this one would be far worse off if it didn’t.

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