'Wasn't even trying': Brazil fans slam Liverpool's Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks dejected during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on January 21, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Roberto Firmino has been in brilliant Premier League form this season for Liverpool but he struggled as Brazil lost to South American rivals Peru.

Roberto Firmino of Brazil during the International Friendly between Brazil and Uruguay at Emirates Stadium on November 16, 2018 in London, England.

Brazil’s 17-game winning streak is over.

Just two months after losing to the Selecao in the final of the Copa America, a plucky Peru exacted some measure of revenge during a Tuesday night friendly in Los Angeles. Luis Abram’s first international goal, powered in past a stranded Ederson with just minutes remaining, consigned Brazil to a defeat which drags them down to earth with a bump just weeks after claiming their first continental trophy in 12 years.

And, not for the first time and probably not for the last, the brunt of the criticism has been directed squarely at Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool’s number nine has started the new season with all manner of tricks and flicks, bamboozling defenders and making Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded attack tick like a vintage Rolex. But Brazil are still yet to see the best of this most enigmatic of forwards.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Fabinho of Liverpool after scoring their 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on August...

Firmino has scored just 12 goals in 38 games for his country and, while there is far more to his game than putting the ball in the back of the net, the former Hoffenheim talisman just doesn’t exert the same influence in the famous yellow shirt.

He was far from his best at the Copa America and, after being dragged off following an ineffective 63 minutes against Peru, the critics are sharpening their knives again.

Roberto Firmino #20 of Brazil handles the ball in the 2019 International Champions Cup match against Peru on September 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

 

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