Roberto Firmino may be struggling for consistency after a big money move from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim during the summer, but the Brazilian is increasingly looking like the player for the big occasion with two first half goals twice giving Liverpool the lead in a tense 3-3 draw Arsenal at Anfield yesterday.
“I could talk about this for half an hour, but to be honest I think it should be normal because I know how good he is,” beamed Reds manager Jurgen Klopp in his post match press conference. “If you are good, you have to show it and tonight he did,” he continued, taking an apparent knock at those who haven’t given the the 24-year old time to settle at on Merseyside. “It was very important for us because for 95 minutes, he was always thinking about playing in different positions and in all of them was really good.”
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While his brace, one a perfect poacher’s goal and the other a sublime curling effort from 20-yards out, was certainly the highlight, it’s the intangibles that have football people raving about the Brazilian with his movement, penchant for opening up space, trickery and ability to play all across the front line that has really made him a major asset to the Reds. No matter where you play on the park, confidence is king and these two goals will hand him a much needed boost — hopefully, this signals an up-tick in his output.
“He made perfect goals – the first was really good, the second spectacular, brilliant… whatever you want to say! It was a really good game, but he wasn’t the only one,” explained Klopp, quick to pass around the praise. “If we talk tonight about special performances, Kolo Toure… I have to show more than my respect because it is not easy and he did great, as did a lot of other players. You saw it,” said the Reds boss. “I can speak about losing concentration, which is a fact and you saw it, but there were different stories behind losing concentration,” he said, before adding, “It was a good football game. A draw can be really good to watch, and that was one of these games. Now it’s recovery and again like this, or better, against Manchester United.”