‘We must maintain focus’ – Firmino urges Liverpool to maintain grip on Premier League lead

Roberto Firmino has urged his Liverpool team-mates to stay focused as they bid to shoot their way to the Premier League title.

The Brazil international has been in fine form this season, scoring eight Premier League goals, with the club currently four points clear of closest rivals Manchester City at the top of the table, despite a run of two successive defeats at the start of 2019.

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Liverpool enjoyed a peerless start to the season, as they went 20 games without defeat at the top of the Premier League.

However, a 2-1 loss to City blew the title race wide open, with Pep Guardiola’s side four points back, and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham a further two behind.

That defeat was followed by an FA Cup loss to Wolves, and, ahead of a trip to face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend, Firmino says that his team-mates must remain vigilant if they are to maintain their lead at the top.

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“That’s what the Premier League is all about – it’s intensely competitive,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“If the team at the top stutters, the second place will overtake them. We know we can’t go to sleep and lose silly points. We must maintain our focus until the end of the season.”

Firmino scored Liverpool’s goal against City, and also netted a hat-trick in the 5-1 thumping of Arsenal at the end of December.

Firmino hitting form at the right time

Firmino is right in his assertion that Liverpool must stay alert if they are to win the title.

There is no room for slip-ups with both City and Spurs ready to pounce on any mistakes made by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But Firmino has been in fine fettle in recent weeks, and looks primed for the club’s assault on the title.

Firmino, Salah and Mane have score 29 Premier League goals between them thus far this season, and if that form continues few would bet against them remaining top of the table.

All they need to show now is consistency, and the grit to get over the line.