Roberto Firmino has endured a topsy-turvy start to his Liverpool career, but when he is at his best he is very good. Saturday was another example of the Brazilian at his best as he tore apart the current Premier League Champions.
Not only did Firmino score 2 goals, but he was a constant thorn in the Leicester City backline. He had 3 shots, all of them making it on target and 2 as goals. He also made 4 key passes, helping carve Leicester City apart and give his side countless chances. Interestingly he only made 66 touches, which isn’t a lot for a side so dominant, but when he did get the ball he looked dangerous at all times. It was Firmino’s constant forward-thinking attitude that was so admirable and made his performance so impressive for me.
Firmino ultimately fits the profile of a Jurgen Klopp player almost perfectly. He plays at pace, with hunger and determination at all times. He is aggressive and consistently works hard to play to the best of his ability, even if his approach is sometimes not best suited to a situation. But on Saturday evening, everything he did was perfect.
Personally, I was impressed by the Brazilian’s work rate and quality attacking play that kept Leicester City on the back foot throughout. Firmino scored two and was influential in the other goals, it is not often that Leicester City concede 4 goals, they were so solid defensively last season and Liverpool’s ability to take them apart so easily must be praised. Much of that was of course down to Firmino’s contributions.
Because of Liverpool’s sublime performance vs. Leicester, Firmino’s closest rival for the title of best player of the weekend was his teammate, Sadio Mane. Mane came under criticism for his £35million move to Liverpool because of the high price tag, but the form he is showing so far suggests that it is justified. Readers of Fresh Football voted Mane as the 10th best signing of the summer, but if he continues form like this then he may turn out to be closer to the top.
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