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'He needs an audience': Roberto Firmino tipped to thrive with fans back

Liverpool believe Roberto Firmino ‘needs an audience’, according to reports. The Brazilian should find his best form now fans are back.

This comes from Neil Jones of Goal. He says that Roberto Firmino’s return to form on Saturday wasn’t a coincidence.

He quotes a staff member at Liverpool who believes Firmino ‘needs an audience’ in order to provide his best football. The Brazilian certainly got that against Norwich in his first packed stadium for over 18 months.

And Firmino delivered accordingly. Despite only playing 29 minutes, the 29-year-old scored one, created another chance and won a tackle. It was the kind of complete performance we haven’t seen in some time.

Firmino really struggled last season, in fact. There were times where he just didn’t look capable of having an impact on a game, struggling to score or create.

Saturday was Firmino at his best, though – even if we only saw him for half an hour. Reports of his demise may have been very premature.

Firmino ‘needs an audience’

It’s an interesting take and one that we perhaps take for granted. Certain players will definitely prefer playing in front of large crowds and with a spotlight on them.

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Much has been said of how it affects whole teams. Last season saw away sides win a much larger percentage of their games, for instance.

But certain players, it seems, also felt the effects of quiet stadiums. We wonder if some like Sadio Mane, who also couldn’t click into gear last season, might also find things easier.

We have little doubt that Liverpool as a whole will benefit from packed stadiums, though. Will it be enough to push them towards the Premier League title? Perhaps – we’ll learn more over the next few weeks.

But what’s certain is that a fully firing Firmino will help immensely as the Reds look to recapture their crown.

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