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'Liverpool fans keep telling me': BBC pundit slams Reds ace who's 'turned jogging into an art form'
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'Liverpool fans keep telling me': BBC pundit slams Reds ace who's 'turned jogging into an art form'

BBC regular Garth Crooks has praised Roberto Firmino but questioned why Liverpool fans believe Thiago is their main man in the starting XI.

Firmino scored twice at the weekend as he rolled back the clock to show everyone inside Anfield he very much still has the class to produce for Liverpool. His two goals were expertly taken and allowed the Reds back into a game which they seemed very much out of.

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And in his weekly column for the BBC, Crooks praised Firmino, claiming he is worth more to Liverpool than Thiago.

“These were two finishes of the highest quality by Bobby Firmino. The Brazilian may not have the legs anymore to command a regular place in Jurgen Klopp’s team. However, if you require a cool head in front of goal, especially when the chips are down, you need look no further than Firmino to get your team back on track,” Crooks wrote for his BBC team of the week column.

“Liverpool fans keep telling me that Thiago Alcantara (when he’s fit) is their main man. He might be if he could run. The Spaniard has turned jogging into an art form. He can’t get up the park and doesn’t have the finishing instincts of Firmino. Thiago certainly has his moments but if we are going to compare their contributions and the importance each player provides the team, then Firmino is in a different class.”

TBR’s View: Thiago And Firmino Both Big For Liverpool

They are completely different players at the end of the day. Thiago is never going to get goals while Firmino is never going to be able to play the middle of the park and pull the strings.

However, Firmino and Thiago are both fine players in their own right. And on their day, they’re as good as anyone in the league in terms of quality.

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