Michael Owen shares his conflicting thoughts on in-form but inconsistent Roberto Firmino

Michael Owen

Michael Owen hasn't made his mind up about Roberto Firmino yet.

BT Sport pundit and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is quoted by The Mirror as saying that he still isn't sure what he thinks about Roberto Firmino.

Firmino, 24, completed a big-money move to Liverpool from Hoffenheim last summer, having racked up 49 goals in 153 games for the Bundesliga club.

The Brazilian international made a slow start to life at Anfield though, with many not only questioning Brendan Rodgers' decision to spend so much money on Firmino, but also wondered just what his best position was.

Capable of playing out wide, up front or as an attacking midfielder, Firmino's versatility is sometimes a curse, and Rodgers didn't really seem to know where to play Firmino or how to use him.

However, the appointment of new manager Jurgen Klopp has sparked Firmino into life, which is no surprise given that Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund whilst Firmino was starring for Hoffenheim, meaning he was very familiar with what Firmino could do.

With five goals and three assists in his last seven games for Liverpool, Firmino has been in great form of late, but it hasn't been enough to convince Michael Owen just yet.

The former Liverpool striker and current BT Sport pundit has been quoted by The Mirror as saying that he is split on Firmino, as whilst he has played well recently, he still feels the forward is too inconsistent to be relied upon.

Owen also suggested that Firmino gives the ball away too much and is lacking an angry streak, and wants to see him perform well on a consistent basis.

"I’m split on him" said Owen. "I thought he did great against Manchester City and Chelsea away earlier in the season, but for a player with that much quality I just want to see that kind of performance on a more regular basis. At the moment it’s maybe one good performance in five or six. He gives the ball away too much, and I don’t see that real angry streak in his game."

"Listen, if I gave the ball away in a game then for 10 minutes it would be frying my brain. The ball is precious, and I don’t see that in Firmino’s game at the moment. He gives the ball away and it’s almost like ‘oh well, that’s the norm’."

"He’s done well lately. But to be a Liverpool player you have to do it every week. You can have one bad game in five, but at the moment he’s more one good game in five. He’s got a lot of quality, but we need to see it more regularly," he added.

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