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'He's like an octopus': BBC pundit stunned by one Liverpool player today
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'He's like an octopus': BBC pundit stunned by one Liverpool player today

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been described as an “octopus” by Pat Nevin.

The BBC Sport pundit was speaking on Radio 5 Live as the Reds took on Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.

Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool in the sixth minute of the match.

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A free kick was whipped in from the right and the Brazilian got his head to it, sending it right into the far corner.

Southampton did equalise through Che Adams just three minutes later, but Liverpool eventually went ahead again.

In the 21st minute, Harvey Elliott whipped a ball to the far post and Darwin Nunez was on hand to tap home.

Firmino continued to impress for his side and nearly scored again in the 29th minute.

‘His tentacles are all over the game’

He forced a great save from Gavin Bazunu after ghosting into the box and having a go from Nunez’s backheel.

This prompted Nevin to praise Firmino with the unusual compliment.

“If you got 3v3 at the back, Liverpool will get chances. Southampton are going to have to look at that,” he said.

“It’s Firmino cleverness, he knows where to go.

“He knows where the spaces are, he goes between the centre-backs and the midfield and nobody picks him up.

“He’s like an octopus, his tentacles are all over this game.”

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Liverpool ended the first half strongly, adding a third from Robertson’s delivery across the face of goal.

Firmino continued to impress, nearly getting his second in the 49th minute as he headed over from Robertson’s cross.

Then, on 71 minutes, he forced a corner from a low cross after neatly taking down an awkward ball on the halfway line.

Jurgen Klopp subbed Firmino off on 75 minutes to a standing ovation at Anfield.

It makes you wonder – why did Brazil leave him out of their squad for the World Cup?

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