Adam Catterall suggests Liverpool striker is better than Bergkamp & Cantona.
Roberto Firmino is crucial to this Liverpool side. The Brazilian works are exceptionally hard for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Allows Salah and Mane to slice as many goals as they do. His understanding both on and off the ball means that there’s probably no other striker in world football that can play his role as well as he can.
Firmino has just 10 goals in 36 games this season. This is his fifth campaign in England, still, he is highly underrated. One bloke that doesn’t underrate him, is talkSPORT presenter Adam Catterall. In fact, Catterall has got everyone talking. Suggesting Firmino is actually better than Premier League icons Dennis Bergkamp and Eric Cantona.
Former PL striker Darren Bent uncovered Catterall’s off-air comments live on talkSPORT yesterday. “You’ve just said off-air about him being better Dennis Bergkamp and Eric Cantona,” said Bent.
“He’s better than both of em,” Catterall restated.
Firmino vs Bergkamp & Cantona
Firmino has 56 Premier League goals in 162 games. Around one goal every three games. While also adding 34 assists. Involved in a goal 0.55 times per game on average while at Liverpool.
Bergkamp was far from fruitful with 87 goals in 315 appearances. But provided a phenomenal 94 assists. Which is narrowly decent than Firmino’s goal involvement at 0.57 per game.
Frenchman Cantona played 156 games and scored 70 goals while putting in 56 assists. Involved in 126 goals during his period in the PL. Which averages out at 0.8 per match.
It is a courageous claim by Adam Catterall to compare Firmino to two PL legends like Bergkamp and Cantona. And let’s not forget the collectively have seven titles they won between them. While Firmino is still glancing for his first.
Liverpool is working on their first league title in 30 years. The Brazilian may have to enjoy nurtured success at Anfield. Just to be quoted in the same breath as the other two.
But can you compare him to the likes of Bergkamp and Cantona at the moment? Probably not.