Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has moved to lavish praise on Roberto Firmino, on the back of the Brazilian’s superb showing versus Southampton over the weekend.
Liverpool ease to victory
Klopp’s men welcomed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s in-form Saints to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League clash.
The hosts of course headed into proceedings as clear favourites to emerge with all 3 points, on the back of a staggering spell of league form to this point in the campaign.
Liverpool had dropped just 2 points all season before facing Southampton, in a stalemate with Manchester United back in October .
This run had seen them open up an insurmountable 19-point gap atop the English top-flight before the latest round of fixtures.
As such, when all was said and done at Anfield, it came as little surprise to see Liverpool’s march towards the title continue.
After heading into the interval with the clash locked at 0-0, Liverpool exploded into life in the second-half, to eventually put Southampton to the sword by 4 goals to nil.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah (2) bagged the goals for the hosts, with Manchester City’s defeat to Spurs yesterday evening having allowed Klopp’s outfit to carry a record-breaking 22-point lead into week 26 of the Premier League campaign.
Highlights: Livepool 4-0 Southampton
On the back of their latest victory, a number of Liverpool’s stars have understandably been singled out for praise.
Jordan Henderson was again superb at the heart of the European champions’ midfield, with Mohamed Salah added to his season tally with another pair of strikes.
However, one performance which perhaps did not grab quite as many headlines as it deserved was that of Roberto Firmino.
Brazilian attacker Firmino was in absolutely irresistible form versus Southampton, and bagged assists for 3 of Liverpool’s 4 goals.
As such, speaking on the back of his side’s win on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp was drawn on the influence of his no. 9, with the Reds boss having revealed his opinion that Firmino plays the game in an altogether unique manner:
‘He is [unique]. He is just exceptional, a very football-smart person, obviously.’
‘In the first half, in between a really tight formation of Southampton, the way he drops and keeps the ball, how he makes things happen is very special, absolutely.’
‘Then even a player like Bobby needs an address where he can send the ball, because he cannot take the ball and turn and run alone.’
‘How he uses the skills of his mates is special. I do not know a player like him, that is true.’
Quotes via Goal