Roberto Firmino has shut up a large number of his critics after scoring three goals in two games for Liverpool, according to Michael Brown.
The former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes many fans had started doubting the 29-year-old after he scored just twice in the Reds’ opening 12 Premier League games.
The Brazil international, who has started all 14 top-flight matches this season, scored a last-minute winner against Tottenham in midweek and netted a brace in the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
He also chipped in with an assist – his third of the campaign – for Sadio Mane to help clip the Eagles’ wings.
But Firmino had the worst passing accuracy of the 14 players used by Jurgen Klopp against Palace, completing 64 per cent of his passes (WhoScored).
Brown believes the arrival of Diogo Jota, who has scored nine times in 17 appearances for Liverpool, led to many questioning Firmino’s contribution to the side.
However, the ex-Tottenham man has lauded the 45-cap international has bounced back with a bang over the last couple of days.
Brown told Football Insider: “Firmino’s been questioned about not scoring the goals as much of late and would he end up being left out for Jota?
“He just keeps coming back, doesn’t he? He knows what it’s about, he knows how to link up play, we know his work rate is always going to be key.
“He’s got his goals – a fantastic header at the end against Spurs as well – which is brilliant.”
Firmino has played 21 times across all competitions for Liverpool this season, having only sat out the League Cup fixtures.
He was joined by Takumi Minamino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson on the scoresheet against Palace, with the win sending the Reds six points clear at the top of the table.