Liverpool fans have been treated to watching one of the deadliest front threes in world football in recent years. Since the attacking line was assembled we’ve seen Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane develop a telepathic understanding which has devastated defences. Unfortunately, one of the front three has been more than off the boil recently. Roberto Firmino wasted a chance to prove himself this weekend, Diogo Jota should take his starting berth.
Liverpool hold City
Liverpool v Man City is always a title decider these days. The pair have been two of the greatest teams in the world for a few years now.
The past three Reds’ visits to the Etihad Stadium had ended in defeat before Jürgen Klopp’s side earned a point at the weekend.
Sadio Mane won a penalty early on and Mo Salah duly tucked it away past Ederson Moraes.
Gabriel Jesus equalised before halftime after a clever (or lucky) touch took him past Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Kevin de Bruyne missed a penalty shortly after and the sides went into the break level.
The second half was drab in comparison with both teams content with a draw.
Firmino misses chance
Roberto Firmino has come under fire for his performances lately, he hasn’t been at his best at all this season.
The Brazilian hasn’t been pressing with his usual intensity, he hasn’t been bagging as many assists and he hasn’t been scoring as often.
As a result, fans have been calling for him to be dropped in favour of Diogo Jota.
At the weekend we saw a better performance from Roberto Firmino but his Man City showing still emphasised the current problems with his game.
His confidence is clearly at a low, early on in the game, when faced with an on rushing Ederson, he couldn’t find a pass or loop it over the keeper as he would’ve done previously – a good opportunity went wasted.
This match was a chance for Roberto Firmino to prove just why he still deserves his starting berth. He wasted that chance.
Jürgen Klopp needs to make the bold decision to start Diogo Jota up top – last time he did, he scored a hattrick.