By Emma Sanders
Roberto Firmino had a poor game for Liverpool in their 1-0 win against Everton in Monday evening’s Merseyside derby – and Reds fans discussed his form on Twitter with concern.
The Brazilian has struggled to regain the form he showed at the start of the season since Philippe Coutinho has been absent from the starting XI.
The attacker was sensational in the opening weeks of the 2016-17 season, netting six goals and providing three assists in his first 10 Premier League games.
However, since moving to a wide position to accommodate Divock Origi’s inclusion in the starting XI, he has failed to have the same impact and fans have grown concerned.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— Mick (@MickLee73) December 20, 2016
— Ntea Michael Hoaeane (@nteah) December 20, 2016
— Abdulaziz El-Souri (@a_elsouri) December 20, 2016
Has Firmino scored since he cut off the tail? No luck at the mo infront of goal. #LFC
— Shushil Patel (@shushp) December 19, 2016
@Roberto_Firmino keep pushing goals will come for u again u were just unlucky yesterday
— aliaSA. (@zagabojan) December 20, 2016
— Mick Hagan (@Mick9Hagan) December 20, 2016
Said it last night but had Firmino and Origi been even half decent last night then we'd won quite comfortably.
— Tony (@Tony_K1892) December 20, 2016
Just shows how much more Firmino was in the game when going central, i rate Origi but id rather him come on as a sub & not a starter
— Danny Bevan (@Bevan2703) December 20, 2016
Firmino struggled against Everton, making a number of unsuccessful runs and sloppy first touches so it was no surprise to see him fail to get on the score-sheet.
Origi has been impressive in recent weeks, netting five goals in his last six games, while Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge provided the winning combination in extra-time, leaving Firmino out in the shadows.
He’ll be edging to get back into his preferred central role upon Coutinho’s return, though it was concerning for fans to see him perform so badly given he may be expected to adopt the wide role in January when Mane departs on international duty.
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