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Sadio Mane in agreement with Arsene Wenger about Roberto Firmino

Sadio Mane has echoed the thoughts of Arsene Wenger by heaping praise on Roberto Firmino.

The Liverpool striker has copped plenty of criticism this season with the Reds attack faltering.

Firmino has only scored six times this season with his numbers long being dwarfed by fellow forwards Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The Brazilian had to be defended by Jurgen Klopp earlier this season as he faced calls for Diogo Jota to come in at Firmino’s expense.

Despite that the Senegalese star believes Firmino deserves more credit than him or Salah for the unselfish work he does that allows them to thrive.

Sadio Mane has defended Roberto Firmino

“I always said that he deserves more credit than Salah and I,” he said. 

“If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t score as many goals as we scored. Brazil is very lucky to have Firmino.”

Wenger felt the same way when questioned about the 29-year-old earlier this season.

He compared him to former Red Luis Suarez by claiming he has a positive influence on those around him.

“I think you have types of strikers like Suarez at  Liverpool  and now Firmino,” the former Arsenal boss said on BeIN Sports.

The Liverpool striker faced calls to be dropped earlier this season
The Liverpool striker faced calls to be dropped earlier this season

“You have the kind of striker who makes the wide players good and the kind of strikers who kill the players around them.

“Suarez and Firmino are players who make people around them good.

“You see many strikers who, in Firmino’s position, would have tried to force the shot or to dribble.

“He’s the kind of striker you do not find a lot, they work hard for the team and they make the players around them better.”

Firmino moved to Liverpool in 2015 and has been a regular even since Klopp took charge.

His 27 goal haul in the 2017/18 season is his highest Liverpool tally, but it is the only time he has exceeded the 20 goal mark.




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