Liverpool's Roberto Firmino was simply not good enough against Watford

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The Brazilian international had a match to forget for Liverpool this weekend.

When Roberto Firmino signed for Liverpool from German club Hoffenheim in the summer it seemed to be one heck of a coup for then-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

After all, here was a player who had scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists during his final season in the Bundesliga, and one who the previous year had netted a remarkable 22 and set up another 16.

It was always going to take time for the 24-year-old to settle at a new club in a new country, but those who saw Firmino’s performance against Watford this weekend may wonder if he is in fact going backwards.

After all, many expected him to shine under the tutelage of new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but this was a terrible performance from Firmino, who failed to offer anything of note going forward and left the field after 74 minutes to be replaced by fellow summer signing Christian Benteke.

  Interception WonKey PassesShotsDribblesTotal CrossesDispossessedPossession LostTacklesMins Played
Roberto Firmino 1 0 0 1 0 6 12 0 74

During the match, Firmino failed to play a single key passes or have a shot of his own – on-target or otherwise.

The Liverpool player also failed to make a single tackle while he was dispossessed six times and gave the ball away himself on 12 other occasions.

With no crosses and just one interception this simply was not good enough for a player who needs to step up or risk falling down the Liverpool pecking order under Klopp.

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