Roberto Firmino, like many of Liverpool’s players, did not have a good September. The culmination was a missed penalty against Sevilla in their first Champions League game, which cost Liverpool two points and their first win. Throughout the month, though, Firmino has been struggling with putting away the cleverly crafted chances that the team has been creating but not capitalizing on.
While the fans have been pulling their hair out in frustration -- and fair dues to Firmino, it is certainly not only him with this problem -- the player himself have been feeling the strain.
“I am very tough with myself whenever I miss chances to score,” he said. “I want to continually improve – I want to improve my finishing, my technique and score whenever I get the chance to.
“It is important to stay positive. We have created a lot of chances to score and that’s better than not creating them. I hope in coming games and the games after them, we’ll be able to finish them and achieve victories.”
We’ve all seen what can happen to a striker’s confidence if he goes too long without bagging a goal. Firmino finally has the full back-up of Salah, Coutinho, and Mané behind him, and everyone is hoping that this will provide him with the service he needs to get back to his best.
“It’s excellent, to play with these three,” he continued.
“It’s very important for me and for everyone. I hope that we can help Liverpool to the absolute maximum to play well. With Sadio and Mo, they’re giving us [Firmino and Coutinho] quite a lot of chances on goal. They’re very quick and we’re enjoying playing with the two with the speed they give us.”
Firmino has his next chance to start improving his game on Sunday when the team travels to St. James’ Park to take on old pal Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle.