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Kenny Dalglish backs under-fire Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and says he is 'really important'


Kenny Dalglish throws his support behind under-fire Roberto Firmino and insists he is ‘really important’ to Liverpool as questions continue over his poor form versus red-hot rival Diogo Jota

  • Kenny Dalglish insisted he had no concerns over Roberto Firmino’s current form
  • The Brazilian, 29, has found the back of the net once for Liverpool this season 
  • Dalglish said he is a ‘really important player’ who ‘gets through a lot of work’ 
  • The Liverpool legend praised Diogo Jota for settling ‘straight away’ at Anfield 
  • The Kop legend said Jurgen Klopp has great options in his attacking line-up 

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has backed Roberto Firmino to continue as a key player at the club despite his recent poor form in front of goal.

The under-fire Brazilian has been constantly in the spotlight this season for his lack of goals. Firmino has found the back of the net just once in 12 appearances in all competitions this season. 

While often credited for setting up one of his strike partners rather than scoring himself, Firmino has only managed two assists in all outings so far this campaign.

Kenny Dalglish said he has no concerns over Roberto Firmino's (pictured) lack of goals

Kenny Dalglish said he has no concerns over Roberto Firmino’s (pictured) lack of goals

Dalglish (pictured) called Firmino 'a great player' but said Jurgen Klopp also has other options

Dalglish (pictured) called Firmino ‘a great player’ but said Jurgen Klopp also has other options

But although the numbers are worrying, Reds legend Dalglish said he has no concerns about Firmino’s form. 

‘I’m not particularly concerned about Firmino. Bobby is a great player with a great touch and gets through an awful lot of work,’ Dalglish told the Liverpool Echo.  

‘He complements Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] when the three of them play together, and obviously the four of them played together at (Manchester) City (in the 1-1 draw) and were really good together.

‘Bobby is a really important player for Liverpool.’ 

Firmino's starting place for Liverpool is under severe pressure from new boy Diogo Jota (left)

Firmino’s starting place for Liverpool is under severe pressure from new boy Diogo Jota (left)

Jota, 23, has scored seven goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Wolves

Jota, 23, has scored seven goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Wolves

Firmino’s loss of goalscoring form is thrown into even sharper relief with the news that star striker Salah has tested positive again for coronavirus, meaning he will miss this Sunday’s clash against Leicester City.    

On top of that, the Brazilian’s first-team place remains severely under scrutiny thanks to the scintillating form of new arrival Diogo Jota. 

Since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, the 23-year-old Portuguese has bagged seven goals in just 11 games, including a Champions League hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Atalanta earlier this month. 

Firmino's only goal this season so far has come in the 2-1 league win against Sheffield United

Firmino’s only goal this season so far has come in the 2-1 league win against Sheffield United

Dalglish said Firmino 'gets through an awful lot of work' for Liverpool and is 'really important'

Dalglish said Firmino ‘gets through an awful lot of work’ for Liverpool and is ‘really important’

Firmino’s slump, meanwhile, goes back to last season, when he managed a relatively paltry nine Premier League goals in 38 appearances, and just one in his final 15 games. 

Dalglish praised Jota’s immediate impact for the Reds despite not being a first-team regular.

‘For Diogo to come in and score as freely as he has done and to make such an impact, not always having played the full game, will do him a world of good,’ he said

‘It’s important when someone comes in and settles straight away, for the player and the club, just look at the contribution he has made. 

Dalglish praised Klopp's recruitment and said having so many stars is a 'great position' to be in

Dalglish praised Klopp’s recruitment and said having so many stars is a ‘great position’ to be in

Klopp played a front four including both Firmino and Jota against Manchester City

Klopp played a front four including both Firmino and Jota against Manchester City

But Dalglish added that Jota remains an extra option for manager Jurgen Klopp, rather than simply a replacement for Firmino, and pointed to Klopp’s decision to play a front four including both Jota and Firmino against Manchester City.   

‘It’s great to have choice and that is what Jurgen has got,’ he said. 

‘Some games he might play all four of them, like he did at Manchester City, but some games he might have to play three or choose to play two – if he wants to change the personnel.

‘It’s like he’s got a crystal ball he gets that many decisions right, so I’m sure there’ll be more decisions he gets right over the forwards.

‘It is a great position to be in and to have those players, just imagine you’re playing against them – it’s not the forwards that have to worry, it’s the defenders.’ 

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