How Liverpool revolved their attacking play around Roberto Firmino against Arsenal
Against Hoffenheim, a number of Liverpool fans praised the performance of Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino as his best since he moved to Anfield from the German side in 2015. Only days later, against Arsenal, he produced a display which was just as good, if not better.
The Brazilian was once again at the heart of everything that Liverpool did going forwards, being involved in three of the four goals as he led the Reds’ demolition job of a woeful Arsenal side. Jurgen Klopp’s side were imperious in attack and Firmino had a big influence in that.
It was the 25-year-old who opened the scoring, as his smart run in the penalty area saw him get his head onto the end of an inch perfect cross from Joe Gomez. His header left Petr Cech with no chance of stopping his pinpoint header.
Then, he took up an important role in Sadio Mane’s second goal just before half-time, as he claimed an assist. On a rapid counter attack, Firmino’s run set the move away and he then played a beautifully weighted pass into the path of the winger to slot home after cutting inside.
Firmino was again involved in the fourth, again on the counter attack. A focal point in the transition between defence and attack, he held the ball up and began carrying it forward, linking up with Emre Can, before setting up Mohamed Salah who provided a great cross to Daniel Sturridge to nod into the back of the net.
With Philippe Coutinho out of action, Firmino has stepped up. Where Coutinho would drop deep in order to phase the transition and set up attacks, playing in his fellow strike partners, Firmino has now fulfilled that role with a huge impact, scoring three goals and claiming three assists in just five games so far this season. If Firmino continues this fine form, it may not be long before clubs like Barcelona are linked with a move for Firmino.