The Brazil international made his sixth assist of the Premier League season so far on Sunday after he teed up Emre Can for Liverpool’s third in a 6-0 win at Aston Villa.
You can have one bad game in five, but at the moment he’s more one good game in five
Firmino, 24, is Liverpool’s top goal-scorer with a return of six goals from 23 Premier League appearances in his first campaign in the English top flight.
However, former Reds striker Owen, who was part of Gerard Houllier’s side that won five trophies in 2001, believes Firmino needs to be more efficient in possession and more aggressive.
Owen told Liverpool Echo: “I’m split on him.
“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’.”
Owen added: “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.”
Firmino has scored six goals and has made seven assists in 31 games in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit this term.
The Brazilian playmaker became Liverpool’s third most-expensive signing in the club’s history after he moved to Anfield in a £29m deal from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last summer.
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