Aldridge labels Bobby Firmino 'a mystery' after goal vs Spurs
- Bobby Firmino netted his 7th league goal this weekend.
- However, he scored all seven away from home.
- It’s this oddity that has John Aldridge puzzled.
“One mystery for me this season has been the form of Roberto Firmino and his goal [against Spurs] added another layer to the confusion. Firmino is still waiting for his first Premier League goal at Anfield and appears to have entirely different confidence levels in away matches,” he wrote in the Irish Independent.
“He has popped up with some of the most significant goals in Liverpool’s season with the winners at Southampton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace, as well as scoring the goals that secured the FIFA World Club Cup last month.
“Yet when I have watched him at Anfield this season, he has looked like a player horribly out of tune and struggling for confidence.
“That is a bizarre position to be in for a player who is such a crucial part of this incredible team Klopp has pieced together, with his goal at Tottenham fired home with impressive authority.
“He smashed that chance past Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga to give Liverpool a lead against predictably defensive-minded Jose Mourinho team.
“It was a finish of a striker who had full belief in his abilities and I suspect that if the same chance came his way at Anfield, he may well have fluffed his lines.”
It’s certainly somewhat bizarre if you look at Firmino’s goal spread this season. However he’s not one of a kind in the league: Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette scored all of his five goals at home in a reverse scenario.
However, there’s no denying Bobby is crucial to the side - and goals actually come as a nice bonus to the overall work he does.