With an impressive seven goals in his last eight Premier League outings, Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino has been the Reds danger man as they’ve begun to climb the table and make a late charge for a European spot. The Brazilian was on hand to bag the second as the Anfield outfit ran out 2-0 winners against Manchester United in the Europa League on Thrusday and Daniel Sturridge, who opened the scoring, is hoping the 24-year old can keep his immense run of form going into the return leg.
“Firmino has been doing extremely well and hopefully that will continue,” said the Liverpool striker, looking ahead to the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday. “It was a good step for us, but it is only the first leg. It is half a job,” he continued, staying pragmatic and focused. “We are just looking at the second leg now and hopefully we will get the job done.”
Having lost their two league meetings with their bitter rivals this season, the Reds were able to extract some measure of revenge with a commanding win on Merseyside that puts them in the drivers seat for the second leg. After seeing a number of chances go begging, Firmino steered in an Adam Lallana pass past United ‘keeper David de Gea to double the host’s advantage — something that didn’t surprise Lucas one bit.
“He feels very confident and you can see in every game he is a threat,” said the Brazilian, speaking to the club’s official website. “He looks like he’s going to score in every game. I hope it stays like that. He feels very happy here, he’s very settled and his family is doing well,” explained his compatriot. “There is no reason for him to not perform. I think he has been a big player for us already.”