Peter Crouch has said that he wants to see more from Roberto Firmino following on from Liverpool’s impressive 2-0 victory against RB Leipzig last night.
Firmino’s attacking counterparts, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were amongst the goals as Liverpool took a commanding step towards the Champions League quarter-finals.
All three of Jurgen Klopp’s pedigreed front-three were back to their brilliant best in terms of hounding down opposition and utilising Liverpool’s relentless high-press approach to perfection.
It was the endeavour and tenaciousness of Klopp’s attacking players that forced Leipzig into the mistakes that led to both of Liverpool’s goals, after all.
Crouch on Firmino
Still, while Crouch was impressed with the overall performance of Firmino, he hopes that the Brazilian forward can add some end product to his game to further enhance Liverpool’s prospects going forward.
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Speaking with BT Sport, he said: “Mane is a great player. Salah has been relentless throughout. Firmino needs to step up a little bit.
“I thought he played well tonight but it’d be nice for him to get on the score sheet a bit more.
“But, that goal from Mane will certainly help him and with the Champions League, it’s a different competition and I think he can build from this and kick on in the league as well.”
What RTK has to say
Indeed, Crouch makes a fair point. We shouldn’t jump the gun here, too, as the former Liverpool striker was merely pointing out that the added bonus of goals will only elevate Firmino’s game even further.
The 28-year-old striker has just one goal in his previous 12 Liverpool matches, after all. Even if Firmino’s game goes well beyond scoring, there is no doubt that we’d love to see his statistical output improve.
However, we don’t want this to overshadow what was an impressive display from Firmino, either, as was the same with all of his Liverpool teammates.
The Reds put a much-needed end to their three-match winless run to leave the Hungarian capital with one foot in the last eight of the competition.
In total, Firmino contributed three shots, created two chances, completed two dribbles and won two aerial duels for his team.
All in all, the Liverpool No.9’s impressive display was just lacking a goal to cap-off an otherwise perfect evening’s work in club football’s premier competition.