The intriguing stat that could explain Firmino’s lack of form

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Roberto Firmino has not been quite at it yet this season – and it could be down to the absence of one man.

According to an excellent piece in the Liverpool Echo, in the 22 matches that Firmino has played since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained his long-term knee injury, the Brazilian has only scored four times.

In the previous 22 matches when Oxlade-Chamberlain was fit, he had netted 11 times – a rate of one in two.

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It could also be that Firmino is exhausted, having played the whole of last season at full throttle and then had a limited break over the summer thanks to the World Cup in Russia.

Whatever the underlying cause, we just hope he can get back to his best soon. We personally think it has more to do with his deeper position as more of a number 10 this season, with Mo Salah further forward, than anything else.

It might just click at some point and he will start scoring regularly again – fingers crossed.

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