Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Roberto Firmino for the work he puts in upfront to ensure Liverpool’s attack is firing on all cylinders.
The Frenchman says he rates all three of the club’s deadly trio of attacking players but he believes the Reds number nine is the glue that keeps everything together for Jurgen Klopp’s side, even comparing him to Barcelona and ex Liverpool forward Luis Suarez:
“You forget a little bit the guy who sacrifices himself is Firmino. And like Suarez did for Messi and Neymar, [Firmino] is the guy who works for the team, who works for everybody and gets them to shine. This piece of the jigsaw is always difficult to find, a striker who is generous.”
Liverpool’s front three work in unison to create openings, provide assists and score goals and Firmino is an integral cog in the wheel to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
The 27-year-old has started the season in blistering form, scoring two goals and contributing three assists in six appearances so far this campaign.
Firmino’s impact was keenly felt when he transformed the game in the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea. He did not start the match but came on for the second half and immediately created the chance for Sadio Mane to equalise.