John Aldridge explains where Roberto Firmino must improve

The Brazilian international has struggled to perform consistently for Liverpool this season.

Writing for the Mirror, former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has told Roberto Firmino he must learn not to dawdle on the ball in the Premier League.

The Brazilian has been something of a disappointment so far this season after completing a big money move from Hoffenheim in the summer.

He has however had some excellent performances, with him so far having turned up for the big games against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

There is a chance for Firmino to impress in the centre forward role for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but Aldridge says he must learn not to dawdle on the ball if he is to be success.

"Firmino is not a natural leader of the line but he’s played well in the last few games, with his two goals against Arsenal,” he told the Mirror.

“He’s more a scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer. He’s starting to settle in, is showing some good touches and just needs to be consistent and realise he can’t dawdle on the ball.

“He was caught about four times against United when he thought he’d got away from players and he hadn’t.”

If Firmino is to impress at Liverpool this season and in the future, it seems he will do so predominantly as a forward.

The Brazilian has failed to impress out wide this season, but with the Reds struggling for a regular goal-scorer he has been deployed in that position and impressed on occasions.

He is likely to continue there in the second half of the campaign given the current injury problems at Anfield, and if he takes on Aldridge’s advice, perhaps he can help Klopp answer his striker problems without spending big money in the summer.

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