Roberto Firmino doesn’t do things the orthodox way.
He’s even established a unique role at Liverpool which has seen him become Jurgen Klopp’s spearhead in their bristling attack.
But it’s his penchant for the ‘no-look’ finish which has turned into his signature move in recent years.
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Firmino showcased the trick a number of times last season, scoring against Swansea and West Ham with the audacious move.
But against Brighton yesterday the Brazilian had a slightly different version of his go-to flick up his sleeve.
When James Milner and Sadio Mane won the ball back from Brighton’s midfield midway through the first half, Firmino took one touch and appeared to look to return it to the on-running Mane.
Instead, with his gaze still directed towards Mane, Firmino played a no-look pass to his right to find Mo Salah.
It caught the Brighton defence completely off guard and Salah, as he always does, produced a fine finish to ultimately give the Reds the win and send them top of the Premier League.
Firmino, who scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, is yet to find the net this campaign but his overall game is about far more than the basic statistics.
As well as two assists to his name, Liverpool’s number nine leads the press and often mucks in with the dirty work which allows the likes of Mane and Salah to shine.
The archetypal modern striker.
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