Following another stellar season and example of his undisputed quality, it is hard to believe that in July we are still awaiting a Roberto Firmino Anfield goal in the Premier League.
He was desperately unlucky not to break his duck against Burnley at the weekend after his effort brushed the post as Liverpool’s 18-month 100 per cent record in the PL at Anfield was brought to an end following a 1-1 draw with Burnley.
Despite not scoring, Firmino was able to innovate six key passes for his team, more than any player on the pitch and more than the whole Burnley team combined.
While his goalscoring prowess hasn’t been as finely tuned as it was earlier on in the season, Firmino is still able to showcase his importance to this Liverpool team.
He may yet to have scored at home but the Brazilian does have more away goals that any Liverpool star and with seven assists as well this season, Firmino has still contributed an impressive 15 goals in the league.
Sadly for Firmino, his style of play and importance to the team can be overlooked because he hasn’t been able to compete with the goal return of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who have both broke the 20 goal barrier for a third consecutive season.
Even though his Anfield goal wait goes on, Firmino thrived for the Premier League champions against Burnley and if it wasn’t for the absent of attacking resilience from Salah and Mane, Liverpool’s No.9 may have registered a few assists.
If numbers are what determines success then people should look no further to just how durable and influential Firmino has been in Liverpool’s procession to the title.
He has featured in all 35 of the Reds’ 35 Premier League as well as all eight of Liverpool’s Champions League fixtures this season. Firmino has never had any lingering injury concerns during his Anfield tenure which is testament to the player’s fitness and how he conducts himself off the pitch.
Against Burnley, he chased down every ball, could have provided two assists, made more key passes than any player and had an 88 per cent pass succession. Without a goal, his afternoon’s work felt incomplete.
Despite the lack of goals, many Liverpool fans are confident that this is just a dry spell and that there is more to the striker’s game than just hitting the back of the net from time-to-time.
Roberto Firmino is cursed
— ! (@Firminomenall) July 11, 2020
Bobby is a system even when he's not scoring. It hit the pole though
— Les Mooketsi 🏇🏾 (@LesegoMooketsi_) July 11, 2020
Roberto Firmino v Burnley.
Underrated performance. pic.twitter.com/ztIkofPAus
— Ruben (@ucIwinners) July 11, 2020
He probably shouldn’t have looked when taking the shot 🤪
— Quarantined Firmino (@No_Look_Bobby) July 11, 2020
He's actually cursed😂😂
— Dan (@DanLewis1999) July 11, 2020
You just know he’s gonna bang in the most ridiculous goal soon
— Cameron Oates (@ccameronoates) July 11, 2020
If we got a penalty at home should they give it to Bobby to take? 😃
— Feargal (@Figs01) July 11, 2020
There will be plenty more opportunities for Firmino to add to his tally and finally end his ‘curse’, and this show of passion for scoring goals, or failing to in this case, shows a bit of fire in his belly.
Firmino struck the post and had other chances blocked in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley but still hasn’t found the net at Anfield in the league since March 2019 against Spurs.
However, Klopp is far from worried following the absent of goals and was quick to defend his player.
He said:’It cannot become a psychological problem because Bobbie played today an outstanding game and we don’t judge him’.
‘We just don’t think about it, it’s not important who scores. We need Bobbie for other things, we need Bobbie in spaces where he was today. We need him as link-up for all the other things.
‘We only have chances in other positions because Bobbie plays the way he plays.
‘There were moments when it was Liverpool against Nick Pope. It is the biggest challenge in football to play against a team which is that organised and has such an outstanding attitude like Burnley has.
Liverpool only have one home game left against Chelsea for Firmino to break his duck this season.
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