'Exceptional' Liverpool star is outperforming Salah and Ronaldo in key goalscoring metric
Liverpool absolutely battered Porto in the Champions League this week and although Mo Salah and Curtis Jones shared most of the praise, Roberto Firmino quietly boosted his goal tally for the season by two.
The Brazilian is undoubtedly a brilliant player. His presence in the side makes Liverpool tick, but the one criticism some pundits and fans have levied on him is his lack of goals as a centre-forward.
Jurgen Klopp has never been bothered about his goalscoring metrics. However, even the Liverpool boss will be impressed by how his current numbers compare to some of the best players in Europe.
Firmino boasts the second-best minutes-per-goal ratio in Europe
Firmino’s brace against Porto took him to three goals in all competitions this season. That’s an excellent return for a player of his profile, but the fact that he has started just once all campaign makes that number even more impressive.
Firmino, labelled ‘exceptional‘ by Klopp, averages a goal every 42 minutes in all competitions this season, which ranks him second among players in Europe’s top five leagues.
Only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Bayern Munich boasts a better ratio – a goal every 27 minutes. (BBC)
Napoli’s Andrea Petagna averages a goal every 51 minutes, while Choupo-Moting’s teammate, Robert Lewandowski, and Brentford’s Yoane Wissa average one every 57 minutes so far this season. (BBC)
Liverpool superstar Mo Salah has been tremendous having scored eight goals already. However, he averages a goal every 86 minutes, over twice as much as his good pal Firmino.
Cristiano Ronaldo is making a lot of noise since rejoining Manchester United and he has been excellent as well. The Portuguese superstar, however, can only boast a goal every 92 minutes.
Firmino’s ratio will definitely not be as good as this once Klopp decides to start him more often. However, he deserves a ton of credit for his figures so far, especially after all the criticism he has received over the years for his lack of goals.