Liverpool have one of the most threatening attacking lines in world football. The Reds front three have been striking fear into the hearts of defences across the continent. One of our most lethal forwards hasn’t had the best start to the season but he’s hit strong form at international level. Roberto Firmino has discussed a tactical shift which has helped him for Brazil.
Poor start for Bobby
Despite registering two assists in the first four league games of the campaign, Roberto Firmino hasn’t had the best start to the season.
His poor form culminated in possibly his worst ever Reds performance in the thumping defeat at Villa Park.
The Brazilian fluffed his lines in key areas on occasion and wasn’t as tenacious out of possession as we’ve come to expect. It all combined for a truly woeful display which has led some to question his involvement in the Merseyside Derby.
Roberto Firmino on Brazil form
Our number nine has been in fine form for his country as he seeks to prove that the past few weeks have only been a blip.
The striker scored twice in the 5-0 dismantling of Bolivia and, speaking to FIFA.com, he discussed a tactical shift which helped him perform:
“It’s not that [Tite] asked me not to help out, but he wants me to always be in the area. I still have to get back to mark, but he wants me to chase back less after the ball, be in the box more.
“I have a natural urge to help out, get back – I do this for Liverpool – so I have put this aside and do what Tite has asked of me.”
“I enjoy being involved in play, creating goals, but I also enjoy being in the box, scoring goals. ”
What RTK has to say
Fingers crossed Bobby carrie some of what he’s picked up into his Liverpool form.
Sure, these are two different tactical styles but the forward can often go missing at crucial moments.
After all, he is a striker. We need someone on the six yard box to tap in those crosses and loose balls.
Too often he can track back too far and then not be able to get back up with the play and into the danger area. Hopefully this break will have helped him hone his positional instincts which we once thought were infallible.