John Barnes thinks Firmino more important for Liverpool than Salah
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mande created a dynamic and harmonious trio that most English Premier League defenders feared.
After Liverpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 in their opening league game, thanks to goals from the Egyptian star, Mane and Daniel Sturridge, Barnes argued that despite Firmino not scoring and being substituted in the second half, he is always the brains of the attack.
“Firmino, for me, is the biggest part of the attack,” the Jamaican-born said on behalf of Bonus Code Bets.
“Everybody’s talking about Salah and of course Salah has been fantastic in terms of goals he’s scored, but if Liverpool had a Harry Kane, a Robert Lewandowski, or a typical No.9, I don’t think Salah would score those goals.
“Not only does Firmino vacate the middle for Mane and Salah to make diagonal runs to score the goals, he also plays them in – he doesn’t just move out of that position for other people to play them in,” he added.
Last season, Firmino made 54 appearances with the Reds scoring 27 goals and making 17 assists. Barnes thinks that the player’s creativity when it comes to decisions, movements and passes are the most important for the whole attacking line.
“I’ve said it even last year that, for me, Firmino is the most important player for Liverpool in terms of how Jurgen Klopp wants to play.
“You can see why Mane and Salah have done so well and for me more than half of it is down to the way Firmino plays with them,” he added.
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