Liverpool Fans Claim Roberto Firmino Fooled Kepa For Sadio Mane Goal
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Kepa Arrizabalaga was a fault for Liverpool's second goal on Sunday, as the Premier League champions beat Chelsea, but Roberto Firmino deserves some credit according to fans.
The Chelsea keeper was once again in the spotlight as he kicked his attempted clearance straight at Sadio Mane early in the second half.
Mane was praised for his decision to keep going after losing the ball and he harried the world's most expensive goalkeeper into his latest mistake.
However now some fans are claiming that Firmino had just as much to do with the goal as his strike partner, saying that the Brazilian told Kepa to pass where he did and in a panic the keeper followed instruction.
Firmino asking Kepa to pass the ball to Jorginho so Mane can intercept. Class https://t.co/1GtXePRdH6- Kay (@Kwesi_Agyei_) September 20, 2020
Bobby telling Kepa where to pass the ball as Mane closed him down PRICELESS! pic.twitter.com/IuktNcm9dY- CHAMPIONS LFC+JFT96+YNWA (@MUFFDUFF69) September 21, 2020
In slight defence of Kepa there is a good chance he wasn't listening to Firmino but there's a good chance his fellow forward was.
Mane is initially running straight at the goalie to close his down but the Brazilian's call of where the ball is going sees the former Southampton striker drop off and change direction slightly.
That change means that the pass goes straight to his outstretched foot and he's able to score his second, just minutes after opening the scoring.
Kepa was under pressure at Stamford Bridge last season after a slew of mistakes, he was replaced by Willy Caballero at the end of the season but regained his place for this campaign.
He made an error in the opening game against Brighton, as a long range shot from Leandro Trossard beat him and the mistake against Liverpool might be his last for the Blues.
Caballero will play the Carabao Cup game this week and Edouard Mendy is finalising his deal to west London from Rennes.