The Anfield icon remains a huge fan of the international forward from Brazil and expects him to hold a leading role in the plans of Jurgen Klopp.
Kenny Dalglish says Roberto Firmino remains “a really important player for Liverpool,” with the Reds legend claiming to have no doubts about the lack of goals for the striker.
Questions were asked about whether a man who has been the go-to option of the Reds in a No.9 berth for several years deserves to maintain his place as a hit form of alternative options.
Following his summer arrival from Wolves, Diogo Jota was a revelation at Anfield, with the Portugal international hitting seven goals in 11 appearances.
Firmino has collected just one out of 12 outings, with the South American end product having been in short supply for some time now.
Dalglish acknowledges that Jota posed a welcome selection headache to Jurgen Klopp, with the German tactician preferring a front four for a trip to Manchester City, but insists that Firmino still has a prominent position to play going forward.
The Reds icon told the Liverpool Echo: “It will do him a world of good for Diogo to come in and score as freely as he has done and to make such an impact, not always having played the full game.”
The confidence that he will have in himself and the faith that his followers will have in him, too.
It’s important to just look at the impact he has made when someone comes in and settles immediately, for the player and the club.
“I am not particularly worried about Firmino. With a perfect touch, Bobby is a great player and gets through a great deal of work.
Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] were complimented while the three of them were playing together and clearly the four of them were playing together at City and were very good together.
“For Liverpool, Bobby is a really important player.”
“Dalglish added on the ability of Liverpool to tinker with an attacking unit over recent seasons that has been so settled: “It’s nice to have an option and that’s what Jurgen has got.
In some of the games he might have played all four of them as he did in Manchester City, but in some of the games he may have had to play three, or he may want to play two, if he’s going to change his staff.
It’s like he’s got a crystal ball because he’s got so many decisions right, so I’m sure there’s going to be more choices over the forwards that he gets right.
“Being in and having those players is a great position, just imagine you’re playing against them – it’s not the forwards that have to worry about, it’s the defenders.”
On Sunday, reigning Premier League champions Liverpool will return to domestic action as they take Leicester to a home date.