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Roberto Firmino scores his 20th goal of the season before incredible flick assist for Mohamed Salah

Football is a drug and Bobby Firmino is our dealer

We’ve never disguised our admiration for Bobby Firmino here at Dream Team.

The Liverpool No9’s unique style makes him a key weapon for Jurgen Klopp and the Brazilian proved his worth once again in the first half at St Mary’s.

Mohamed Salah made Wesley Hoedt pay for a missed interception when the Egyptian winger squared the ball to Firmino for a simple first-time finish after just five minutes.

A formidable duo

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A formidable duo

The visitors went from one end of the pitch to the other in two passes in a familiar manner and the Brazilian forward exhibited his new clinical side to take his tally in all competitions this season to 20 goals.

However, it was his assist for Liverpool’s second goal that was the highlight of the first half.

Salah received the ball from Joel Matip around 30 yards out from goal and was allowed to turn and play a short pass into Firmino’s feet.

The two team-mates displayed their telepathic understanding as Firmino, with his back to goal, flicked the ball into Salah’s path in defence-splitting one-two.

The Egyptian was never going to miss from near the penalty spot and his composed finish made it 29 goals in all competitions — a stunning return.

Salah gained possession in a pocket of space

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Salah gained possession in a pocket of space

Played a pass to Firmino and got on his bike

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Played a pass to Firmino and got on his bike

The Brazilian produced a flick of utter genius

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The Brazilian produced a flick of utter genius

And Salah was in on goal

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And Salah was in on goal

It was a tap-in by his standards

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It was a tap-in by his standards

Devastatingly effective

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Devastatingly effective

Salah’s role in the two goals should not be underestimated but Firmino’s brilliance was timely given Liverpool legend John Aldridge’s quotes earlier in the week.

The Irish forward told Sky Sports that Liverpool need a 30-goal per season striker if they were to challenge Man City for the title.

Well John, Firmino has scored 20 goals with plenty of games still to play in the league and Europe.

It seems Klopp already has a 30-goal per season striker — not only that, but one who contributes to the team’s build-up and presses better than any other attack-minded player in the league.

Never change, Bobby, you tattooed, glowing-teethed hero.

Style and substance

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Style and substance

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