Firmino is yet to find the net for Liverpool this season, but his performances for Brazil suggest that he hasn’t lost his goal scoring edge.
There have been suggestions that Roberto Firmino has lost his touch in front of goal in the past year, having scored just three league goals in 2020 and only one Anfield goal in the entirety of last season, but could this drop in numbers for his club be part of a systematic issue?
Firmino topped a great performance vs Bolivia with 2 goals during the international break, leading many fans questioning his recent goalscoring prowess for Liverpool, but the 29-year-old has explained why he’s more of a traditional striker for Brazil.
After being asked about his defensive expectations when playing for Brazil, Firmino told FIFA.com: “Yes. It’s not that he 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.”
The way he plays for Jurgen Klopp has practically conditioned the Brazilian to play a deeper role, and he needs to actively ignore his urge to defend as he would for the English Champions when on international duty.
“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.”