Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have set themselves very high standards following their scintillating displays last season.
However, it has taken a while for the forward force to click collectively during the 2018-19 campaign, with some performances on the pitch being below par.
On Saturday, Salah and Mane upped their games in a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at Anfield, with both getting on the scoresheet.
It was Salah who opened the scoring and Mane added two, while summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri opened his account on Merseyside.
Firmino was part of the tribe on the pitch, but he failed to contribute to the scoreline and for large parts of the game his movement was sloppy.
The Brazilian failed to register a single shot on target and he made fewer key passes than the rest of the front three.
Firmino struggled with his passing as he recorded the worst accuracy percentage out of all of the players who started the fixture.
The 27-year-old prides himself on his attacking flair, but he also has a strong work ethic and ability to drop back and contribute to the defensive effort.
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However, against Cardiff, Firmino did not make a single tackle and he was eventually withdrawn from the field by Jurgen Klopp in the 71st minute.
It is likely that the attacker was simply having an off day, but it is worth mentioning that earlier this month he was linked with a move to Barcelona.
On October 16, Ok Diario reported that the Catalan giants are preparing to make a move for Firmino at the end of the season.
There is nothing concrete to suggest that the forward was distracted by these rumours, but if his performances don’t improve he risks finding himself out of the starting XI in the long run given Daniel Sturridge is now well back in favour.