Roberto Firmino isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.
But that’s because his level of brilliance merely doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves.
Firmino is Jurgen Klopp’s most important player at Liverpool, selflessly leading the line and allowing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to run riot.
But while the Brazilian mucks in and does the nitty gritty stuff, he’s also capable of truly spell binding moments of skill.
Against West Ham on Saturday evening Firmino produced a moment Zinedine Zidane would have been proud of.
The Hammers had just grabbed a goal back through Manuel Lanzini when Liverpool were suddenly on the attack from seemingly nothing.
But what many of us missed was a touch by Firmino that opened the play up, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to go on and score.
Alberto Moreno chipped the ball forward and in one delicious swivelled turn, Firmino took out two West Ham players and created space to run in on goal:
The Brazilian forward then had the awareness and composure to pick out Oxlade-Chamberlain before the ex-Arsenal man did the rest.
A moment of genius.
Liverpool ran riot at the London Stadium, winning 4-1 against an abject Hammers side through goals from Mohamed Salah (2), Joel Matip and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
And, to be honest, it could and maybe should have been a lot more.
- The stats behind Mohamed Salah’s season so far at Liverpool are simply incredible
- Liverpool have had just ONE first-class defender in the last decade — why haven’t they solved such an obvious problem?
- How Roberto Firmino continues to prove people wrong after inventing a new position