Kevin Campbell is not concerned by Roberto Firmino’s form despite Liverpool having failed to score in any of their previous three Premier League outings.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 29-year-old’s impact on the team is “being negated” by the struggles of Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah.
Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher admitted concern over Firmino’s form after the draw with Manchester United and suggested he may need to be replaced.
The Brazil international’s 26 appearances in all competitions this season have yielded five goals and three assists.
He has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
When asked by Football Insider if he was worried about Firmino’s form this season, Campbell said: “No, no, no – not at all.
“What Firmino does for the team is being negated because Salah and Mane have gone off the boil. That is all.
“When those two are flying, they take the majority of the heat out of the defence. That can then allow Firmino to play.
“He does score his goals, he gets his quota but goalscoring was never his best attribute. He is the link man for Salah and Mane.
“We must remember that they have Jota to come back into that as well.
“Liverpool have enough, it is just not working at the moment! Carragher just wants it all his own way,” Campbell joked.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “He’s the one I’m worried about, whether it be a lack of form or maybe just that slow decline as you get a little bit older.
“It’s almost unprecedented, what Liverpool have done with their front three, how long they have been together and how often they play, and sooner or later that front three will have to be broken up.”