Liverpool legend tells Van Dijk to speak with ‘struggling’ Firmino

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Date published: Tuesday 13th November 2018 3:12

John Aldridge is struggling to put his finger on why Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is “not on the same wavelength” as his team-mates in recent matches.

The Brazilian has scored one goal and zero assists in his last 11 matches in all competitions for the Reds after making a good start to the season  – with three goals and two assists in his first six matches.

Aldridge believes Firmino was guilty of dropping too deep to collect the ball due to his lack of confidence in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Fulham.

“Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham couldn’t paper over the cracks when it comes to how badly Roberto Firmino is struggling right now,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.

“Firmino is just out of sorts completely – I don’t know what’s wrong with him mentally – but he’s just not on the same wavelength as anyone else on the pitch.

“He’s getting that frustrated he’s coming to the back four to try and receive possession.

“They should be shouting at him. If I were Virgil van Dijk I’d be telling him to get up the park and not [be] cluttering things up for the midfield players.

“But that’s frustration from the lad, because it’s not happening for him up there he wants to come back and get hold of the ball.

“Firmino wants to get touches but he shouldn’t want to back there – he’s a forward – and needs to be dragging the opposition centre-half away.

“He doesn’t even look like scoring right now but he’s pivotal to Liverpool with his movement and little deft touches in and around the 18-yard box.”

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