Ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton, manager Jurgen Klopp again defended the forward over his lack of goals, with Firmino yet to find the net for the Premier League champions this season.
And for good reason. As Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane dominate the headlines and the goals, Firmino plays a key role for Liverpool.
Using Opta data, we take a look at how Liverpool go with and without Firmino, plus his output.
No doubt over Firmino importance
His output constantly questioned, Firmino’s importance to Liverpool has often been highlighted on the rare occasions he has been absent for the Reds.
The data shows the same. Since Firmino’s arrival from Hoffenheim for a reported £29million in 2015, Liverpool have played 194 Premier League games.