Sadio Mané believes that Bobby Firmino deserves more credit than he receives — and no, this isn’t a reference to Firmino’s various goal celebrations often mimicked by his teammate. Mané is refereeing to the amount of credit the Brazilian receives for his contributions on the pitch.
The goals have slowed down to a trickle for Firmino, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still as deadly as he ever was. Usually, though, it’s someone else on the end of one of his no look passes who slots the ball into the goal.
No one is in a better position to know all about Bobby’s power than Mané, who has benefitted from it many times over their years playing together.
“He deserves more credit than me and Mo, for sure,” he said of Firmino.
“But it is part of football, (people) always seeing the goals scored. But without Bobby, I don’t see me and Mo score as many goals as we have, to be honest.”
While he’s supposed to be our forward, Firmino has proved himself willing and able to adapt to be whatever the team needs from him. And when you play with Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah on either side of you, most of the time, what the team needs is for you to get it to Mané and Salah.
Firmino never complains. Any pent up frustration over football matters likely just gets transferred into buying a new designer t-shirt made out of rocks or whatever. Firmino is a gift, and it’s nice to hear that his teammates appreciate it too.