Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is worried that Roberto Firmino won’t be happy with his reduced playing time this season.
Speaking to GGRECON, Johnson said that Firmino still had a big job at Liverpool and they won’t want to lose him. But he could now be set to play much less.
“You don’t want to lose too many players who know the club inside out. I don’t know if Firmino will be one of the first names on the teamsheet next season but I definitely believe that he will play a big part,” said the former England international.
“Let’s face it, if you’re a top player you want to play every single week so I don’t know how he feels about potentially playing a bit less next season. Jurgen Klopp obviously loves him and he’s a legend of the club, but is he going to be happy playing the last twenty minutes in certain games? Probably not.”
Firmino loses his spot at Liverpool for the first time
Whether or not Firmino has a big role or not may be something that we can’t say for sure just yet.
Based on last season, it’s obvious why Johnson would jump to the conclusion that the 30-year-old is set to play less. Bobby started just 10 Premier League games all season.
However, that was largely due to injury. For the first time in his Liverpool career, Firmino couldn’t be guaranteed to play virtually every game.
But prior to that, the Brazilian was still a huge part of the Liverpool team. Even after the emergence of Diogo Jota the year before, he still started 33 out of 38 league games.
Don’t write Bobby off just yet
It’s true that Darwin Nunez has been signed for a big fee to play down the middle. But it still could be that Klopp is planning to modify Bobby’s role to squeeze him into the attacking line too.
As Johnson says, Klopp loves Firmino. In fact, every Liverpool fan does. Soon to be thirty-one, it’s not unreasonable that his playing time will now diminish after seven years at Anfield.
With a year to go on his contract, there have been rumours of interest from Juventus. Liverpool reportedly don’t want to sell Firmino this summer. It looks quite likely that he’ll be on the way next year, though.
If he doesn’t get playing time to prove why he deserves a new deal, that may be inevitbale. Get himself back in the team though, and maybe we’ll see something of a renaissance.
Don’t write Bobby off just yet. He’s usually got a trick or two up his sleeve.