Roberto Firmino Shines For Liverpool As Trent Alexander-Arnold Struggles Again
Liverpool ,Jordan Henderson sets the tempo early and looked more comfortable both in and out of possession. The early goal also gave him a confidence boost and he showed why he should be a key player in Liverpool’s midfield. Even though he was taken off at half time, his performance showed why Liverpool need him more than ever.
Firmino has been the glue in the Liverpool attack, allowing Salah and Mane to take the plaudits. He has adapted a new interpretation of the No 9 role in England, and is the only player in the Premier League who can play in such a way. With eight goals and seven assists, Firmino has been a hugely important part of the Reds’ success this season.
Liverpool drew 0-0 at Brighton, and Roberto Firmino was the star man. The Brazilian striker scored twice and set up another. However, Alexander-Arnold struggled again and is back to his old self, struggling to keep the ball in the box.
Jordan Henderson was uncharacteristically poor against Liverpool, failing to contain Trent Alexander-Arnold and failing to get forward as much as usual. His lack of movement allowed Liverpool to spring forward in numbers. At one point, he appeared to have given away a penalty, with his strong push on Nat Phillips being overturned by VAR. The defender was then substituted for Mason Greenwood after 63 minutes.
James Milner’s performance
Firmino scored twice for Liverpool in the draw against Brighton. But there was no respite for Alexander-Arnold in defence. The Englishman’s performance has been under scrutiny this season. He used to be renowned for his attacking prowess but has since diminished in form.
Pochettino’s decision to sign Firmino
In his first Premier League appearance, Firmino was the star of the show, scoring a brace and setting up two others. Despite being on yellow card in the first half, Fabinho showed great poise and made some great tackles to allow Liverpool to progress forward. He was slightly overshadowed by fellow full-back Alexander-Arnold, but was otherwise very good. Although he had tough moments against Lucas Pereira as Leicester advanced, he was largely in control of the game and won the ball a lot.
Daniel Sturridge’s performance
Liverpool’s star striker Daniel Sturridge has been struggling to get back into form this season. The England international had hip surgery in May and flew out to Boston to train, but he has yet to find the form he was used to.
Klopp’s selection of Diaz
After making his Liverpool debut in January, Rafael Diaz has been impressive since joining from Porto. His pace and freshness have given the Reds a new dimension in attack. He impressed against Villarreal and will be confident of producing another strong performance in Paris. His inclusion has also helped to push Sadio Mane further into a central role.
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