Roberto Firmino Named Among Eight Big-Name Flops Of The Season
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has been controversially named on Marca's list of superstar players who are "at the gates of hell" due to their struggles this season.
The influential Spanish media outlet picked eight footballers who have big reputations and hefty wage packets who are having a poor 2020/21 - and five of them are at Premier League clubs.
Firmino is labelled "the weak point of Liverpool's attacking trident" with Marca claiming "his market value has dropped 20% in just one year and his performances are being questioned by club legends such as Jamie Carragher."
Liverpool's No 9 has just six goals in 32 matches this season, but most Reds fans will tell you his selfless contribution to the team can't be measured by stats. He's also far from the only player to find it hard going for Jurgen Klopp's injury-hit side.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also makes the list with Marca claiming he's "gone from the most dangerous striker in the Premier League to having a crisis and a goal drought," adding: "his confidence is close to rock bottom."
However their London rivals Tottenham have two players on the list: Dele Alli and on-loan Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. Both have struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho.
Other obvious choices include Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who's lost his place in the starting line-up after a poor start to the season, and Eden Hazard who's succession of injuries have prevented him finding anything close to his best form at the Bernabeu.
Mesut Ozil also makes the list, perhaps a little harshly, as he didn't get a chance at Arsenal this season before the loan move to Fenerbahce. As does Barcelona's Miralem Pjanic who has "failed to make much of an impact for Ronald Koeman's side" since his summer transfer from Juventus.
Marca's last pick is a leftfield one: former England striker Daniel Sturridge. The 31-year-old has been without a club after he served a suspension for betting offences. A wasted talent for the moment, absolutely, but he doesn't fit in with criteria of players not worth their big wage packets.
Read Marca's full reasoning here, while the list of eight players is below.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Miralem Pjanic (Barcelona)
Mesut Ozil (Fenerbahce/Arsenal)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham/Real Madrid)
Daniel Sturridge (unattached)
All imagery: PA Images
Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Eden Hazard, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Daniel Sturridge, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Football, Mesut Ozil, Roberto Firmino, Premier League, gareth bale, Dele Alli, Miralem Pjanic
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