Liverpool don’t exist without him. Recommended bets are advised to over-18s and we strongly encourage readers to wager only what they can afford to lose. Away from home, his xG is similar at 7.22, but he has found the net eight times. Jurgen Klopp, though, has always believed that Firmino's game is about so much more than goals - and is not concerned that he has developed a mental block about scoring at home. Liverpool need cult hero to step up now more than ever, and he has a crucial factor to his advantage, How Jürgen Klopp altered Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah's positions to reinvigorate Liverpool's attack, Atlético Madrid flaw has been repeatedly exposed in La Liga, and Liverpool should look to exploit it, Liverpool's pivotal Brazilian could have defining say vs Atletico Madrid, and it isn't Fabinho, Liverpool would benefit from signing a defender, and Perr Schuurs could be the answer. It might agitate people when he doesn’t score so many goals. Further support and information can be found at GamCare and gamblingtherapy.org. Strikers Michael Owen and Drogba were well marshalled and the on-loan Manchester United FC goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was predictably given a hard time by the Liverpool supporters every time he touched the ball. And he will score, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Marlet comes closeIt was Marseille, though, who had looked marginally the more dangerous and the former Fulham FC striker Steve Marlet twice found space for shooting chances early on without troubling Chris Kirkland in the Liverpool goal. The first was his almost unique pressing ability from the striker role. Instead, they signed someone who would actually score those goals in Salah. "We just don't think about it. Mohamed Salah continues to prove important point, and takes over from Liverpool teammate, The Egyptian was as calm as ever from the spot once again on Saturday evening at Anfield, helping Liverpool record a 2-1 victory over West Ham United, Jürgen Klopp has new selection dilemma, but Liverpool cannot afford to be sentimental, Saturday's win over West Ham banded a boost to Liverpool, but has created a possible dilemma. We are committed in our support of responsible gambling. This allowed Mané and later Mohamed Salah to make movements into the box and score so many goals. Liverpool pressThe best chance of the half fell to Owen on 24 minutes. The following year saw Jürgen Klopp really put his mark on the club’s style of football, and that meant a move for the Brazilian. The mood was almost changed on 44 minutes when Jamie Carragher's terrific cross picked out Owen in the centre, but the striker's header flew wide of the far post. Steven Gerrard was brought down after another strong run and he himself swung the free-kick into the centre where Dietmar Hamann headed over from six metres. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trademarks. Baroš fed Owen on 77 minutes and the striker pulled the ball back to Hamann whose shot from distance went narrowly wide. The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trademarks and/or copyright of UEFA. Liverpool are monitoring the Dutch centre back as a potential solution to the defensive issues. Roberto Firmino struck the post against Burnley on Saturday as the Reds dropped points at Anfield for the first time this season - scuppering their hopes of becoming the first top-flight side since 1892 to win every home league game. Liverpool's build-up play has suffered much more than their defending so far without the Dutchman. Liverpool just can’t create the transition opportunities that exist without him. It’s not for lack of trying on the attacker’s part. His game is more than just about goals, and it's a good job given his return this season. Owen won the ball in midfield and he picked out Gerrard whose bravery in the face of an onrushing Barthez and Habib Beye forced the ball to break for Baroš, who put Liverpool ahead. There’s no one out there who could provide what he does better than Firmino. Eight goals. Sign up to receive the best LFC opinion direct to your inbox. Crisp passing and movement by Steven Gerrard and Danny Murphy opened the Marseille defence before Harry Kewell rolled the ball to Owen in the centre only for the England striker to underhit his shot. Klopp wasn’t here when Firmino was bought, but he could not have asked for a better pressing forward than the one he inherited. Liverpool have cruised to the Premier League title and won 17 of their 18 home league games this season, and yet their number nine is 90 minutes away from drawing a blank at Anfield in the entire campaign. Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards ignored them. The Brazilian's lack of home goals are worrying some supporters, but the surprise stat is non reflection of his performances or his efficacy in Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool system. A draw with Burnley felt like a defeat for Liverpool as, along with their 24-game home winning streak being lost, they now have to pick up maximum points in their final three games to beat City's Premier League record points total of 100. Although Jurgen Klopp’s side kicked off their Champions League campaign with a … They all count the same. Of course, his pressing is everything. The real story was that Christian Benteke, the man Liverpool signed to be a Proper Number Nine™, couldn’t even break double figures. A Sami Hyypiä header was cleared off the line and Barthez saved again from Baroš as Marseille held firm to take a slender but important away goals advantage into the second leg. "We are not worried at all about that because he played an outstanding game and was involved in so many decisive situations.". But it comes at a price. In a season full of new records and statistics, that will go down as one of the more curious. Owen missBaroš and Gerrard provided the impetus for Liverpool, but Laurent Batlles and Drogba countered for Marseille with increasing menace as the home supporters grew restless. Liverpool generally don’t use a natural playmaker in midfield, preferring more industrious options, and Firmino is a big part of that system. Roberto Firmino: Liverpool forward is priceless, claims team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 28-year-old has scored just one goal in seven Premier League games against the Blues, and that came at Stamford Bridge, while that's his only goal against them in 10 appearances in all competitions. It’s not for lack of trying on the attacker’s part. Salah was down the next year with 22, but Firmino was still well short of him at 12. He was there for two reasons. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson's importance to the system make it hard to rotate without disruption. Firmino involves himself a lot in the build up. "It cannot become a psychological problem because Bobby played an outstanding game and we don't judge him," said Klopp. Liverpool's intensity levels have fallen drastically, and injuries to key personnel are major factor. Scrappy startA scrappy opening period was dominated by defences on both sides as Marseille packed the midfield. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You remember very well that he scored 32 goals that year, a record over a 38-game season, but you’ve probably forgotten that Firmino bagged 15. It's not important who scores. It’s an improvement, and yet the striker still scored less than half as many as the right winger. Barthez savesLiverpool hit back immediately, Kewell's clever backheel completing a one-two with Gerrard that put the Liverpool captain beyond the Marseille defence, but Barthez was off his line quickly to save well with his legs. Curtis Jones has earned Jürgen Klopp's trust, but his next Liverpool challenge is clear. Marseille hold firmAt the other end, Finnan blocked well from Drogba as Marseille came close to a second, but the match ended with Liverpool laying siege to the Marseille goal as the home side belatedly picked up the tempo in the closing stages. You can afford a lack of incisive passing from these players when your striker is dropping deep and providing it himself. You can unsubscribe at any time. When he does this, it in turn creates space for Salah and Mané to provide the goalscoring threat in behind that they do. Per Understat, Firmino has run up a total of 7.99 expected goals at Anfield this season, despite scoring none. Gini Wijnaldum couldn’t score away from home until he did. It’s not the season one typically expects of a number nine for a Premier League title winning side. View stats of Phoenix Rising Forward Didier Drogba, including goals scored, assists and appearances, on the official website of the Premier League. Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media. Firmino had bagged seven games in four previous home games against Arsenal, but in what could have been a sign of things to come, he failed to score in a 3-1 win for Klopp's side. Game opens upLiverpool looked to press home their advantage and Kewell went close three minutes later after a jinking run, but Marseille were strong on the counter as the game opened up and Sylvain N'Diaye almost sent Drogba clear with a clever flick. Roberto Firmino goals record: Jurgen Klopp backs Brazilian striker as he closes in on full season without a league goal at Anfield . But it really doesn’t matter that much. Scoring has always been an issue for the perception of Roberto Firmino. It’ll happen for Firmino at Anfield. That’s not there without Firmino in the false nine role. Our. Roberto Firmino is just 90 minutes away from completing one of the more curious statistics in Liverpool's record season. Jürgen Klopp’s team selection will show Champions League intentions, as Liverpool juggle priorities, Jürgen Klopp has difficult Liverpool rotation dilemma, and must keep one eye on Man City. Liverpool are renowned for the intensity and efficiency of their pressing, but the last two games in particular have been a noticeable change. Liverpool return to the Premier League against Sheffield United at Anfield tonight.The Reds sit fourth in the Premier League table after being held to a 2-2 draw by Everton last weekend. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. The home side half-cleared a succession of Marseille crosses but when Camel Meriem looped a hopeful pass back into the box, Drogba was able to hold off Steve Finnan and shoot beyond Kirkland. Does it really matter where the goals come? Didier Drogba's second-half strike has given Olympique de Marseille the edge after a tight UEFA Cup fourth-round first-leg tie at Anfield against Liverpool FC. Drogba went close again on 68 minutes, but this time shot over. 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