BBC Sport pundit tells Liverpool FC star to ‘step up’
Chris Sutton says it is time for Roberto Firmino to "step up" at Liverpool FC this season
Chris Sutton has told Roberto Firmino that he must “step up” for Liverpool FC this season as the the title race reaches its climax.
The Brazil international is considered to be a vital part of the Liverpool FC team alongside attacking duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The 27-year-old Firmino has scored 11 goals and made five assists in 30 Premier League outings for Liverpool FC this season to help Jurgen Klopp’s men sit at the top of the table.
He has scored two goals and made one assist in his last three outings for the Merseyside outfit, who overtook Manchester City at the top of the table on Sunday.
Now, BBC Sport pundit and former Chelsea FC star Sutton has claimed that it is time for Firmino to step his game up and help to relieve some of the pressure on Salah and Mane.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, Sutton said: “The one that worries me a little bit, I do feel Firmino has to step up, I really do.
“They’ve been reliant on Salah and Mane and they need others to come to the fore at a time when it really matters now.
“Others need to step up don’t they? They have been reliant on Salah and Mane.
“I think he needs to be more ruthless at this stage of the season.
“We’ve talked about Liverpool’s midfield, comparing them to City’s midfield and City have goals in the midfield. But others need to come to the party at Liverpool.”
Liverpool FC are currently two points clear at the top of the table but they have played a game more than Manchester City.
The Reds will return to top-flight action after the international break when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday 31 March.