Former Liverpool forward Jason McAteer claims that the loss of the Roberto Firmino will be greater for Liverpool than losing Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane. Liverpool have been able to maintain a 100% record in the Premier League after a late winner over Leicester City. The match witnessed a 2-1 win with James Milner scoring an injury time penalty. However, the game also witnessed Mohamed Salah picking up a knock that could potentially keep him out of the forthcoming games. Liverpool are saved to a great extent by the upcoming international break and Salah has been absent from Egyptian duty for the recent outings.
The headlines may be about Salah or Mane but McAteer says that Firmino is extremely crucial to the club. The impressive forward line up at Liverpool has helped the team opened up an eight-point advantage over Manchester City after just eight games. The team are the second best scorers in the division with 20 goals from these games.Only Manchester City have been able to get more goals. McAteer has claimed thatFirmino plays a vital role in bringing together the rest of the team and it has so far been underappreciated, but the Brazilian’s importance was visible in the Super Cup game against Chelsea.
Firmino made the switch to Liverpool from Hoffenheim back in 2015 and he has almost made 150 appearances for the club.“The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him,” said McAteer.