Liverpool’s Sadio Mane defended compatriot Roberto Firmino.
As Jurgen Klopp’s side crumbled in 2021, the Brazil international has come under fire for his lack of goals, having scored only once since Christmas.
But Mane – whose tally of 11 goals against 32 in 32 appearances is five short at the same stadium last season – believes that without the urgent striker he and Mohamed Salah would have less of a chance.
“He deserves more credit than me and Mo for sure,” Mane said. ESPN Brazil.
“But that’s part of football, (people) always see goals scored. But without Bobby, I can’t see myself and Mo scoring as many goals as we do, to be honest.
“He makes everything easier for us. Brazil is just lucky to have Firmino. I always said to Bobby:” You will have to change your nationality and come to Senegal “.
“For me that would be a dream. I just love him. I think he’s my favorite teammate.”
Liverpool’s established third front could finally have a new competition as Diogo Jota is set to return to full training this week.
The Portugal international has scored eight goals in his last 11 appearances for the club before a knee injury in his rubber Champions League death against Midtjylland in early December ruled him out for nearly three months.
However, after taking a few steps with individual training outdoors, Jota – who has scored a total of nine of 17 since joining Wolves in September – is ready to join his teammates.
There has still been no news on the outcome of the scans on captain Jordan Henderson’s groin issue that forced him to Saturday’s loss in the Merseyside home derby to Everton over fears of injury retain the midfielder for an extended period.