Former Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness has lavished praise on striker Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian’s contributions are not generally given as much credit as those made by his teammates Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but Souness is certainly a fan of the player’s unique qualities:
“I love watching Roberto Firmino play. A couple of years ago, I likened him to Kenny Dalglish. He’s like a big cat walking through the jungle waiting for an opportunity to do damage. His radar is on all the time and he’s got a great football brain.”
Firmino is certainly not underrated by Liverpool fans or those who follow the club closely, while manager Jurgen Klopp has consistently heralded the 28-year-old’s importance to the team.
The forward has, though, struggled somewhat in front of goal this season, having failed to score at Anfield in any competition, but his all-round game is still very much on the money.
In 43 appearances this campaign, Firmino has scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists for his teammates, which is certainly not a bad return.
As Souness says, there are certain similarities to Dalglish in the way the Brazilian international plays, and there is no higher compliment than that.