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Paul Scholes hammers Liverpool player, labels him ‘erratic’

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Paul Scholes hammers Liverpool player, labels him ‘erratic’

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.

“I don’t think they’ve been playing badly,” Scholes said. “The big disappointment for me is Firmino, the brilliant player he is. He’s smashing everything. He is the one that is getting chances, but has been erratic with his finishing.”
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TBR’s view – Loaning out Minamino surely a mistake?

When the Japan international was signed from RedBull Salzburg, the feeling was that he would be Firmino’s cover – given his ability to be able to sit between the lines and link the play. But he has since been loaned to Southampton.

Minamino enjoyed a good weekend, scoring a brilliant goal in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea – while Firmino struggled. With Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri below par and Diogo Jota injured, another option to Firmino is required.

Minamino might have been ideal – so should that now be considered a mistake? Perhaps.

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