Paul Scholes has told BT Sport Tonight that Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been a “disappointment” and “erratic” as the Reds lost more ground in their fight for the Premier League title, or even to finish in the top four.
Liverpool suffered another defeat on Saturday, this time to Merseyside rivals Everton. Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson saw the Toffees win their first match at Anfield in 22 years – since 1999.
It was not as if Liverpool had no chances. Jordan Pickford produced a stunning performance, making numerous saves to deny Liverpool – while Michael Keane was excellent in defence, alongside Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey.
Firmino, 29, has scored six goals in 35 Liverpool outings this season. A woeful goalscoring record given he is Liverpool’s number nine – false nine or not. Scholes has criticised him for his finishing, during his side’s lack of form.