Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the perfect striker for youngsters to try and copy after his ‘outrageous’ assist in the Reds’s victory over Newcastle United at the weekend.
The Brazilian may not have got on the scoresheet against the Magpies, but he seemed to be the player that the Kop were raving about once again after the 3-1 win.
Firmino produced a delightful through ball into Sadio Mane that ultimately resulted in the forward putting Jurgen Klopp’s men in front.
He almost produced an even more delicious assist after the break. Firmino chipped the ball into Andrew Robertson, but Martin Dubravka produced a great save to deny the full-back.
But then, Firmino produced the moment that could well go down in Premier League folklore and be replayed hundreds of times in the coming years.
After receiving the ball from Mo Salah on the edge of the box, the 27-year-old produced a stunning piece of skill to lay the ball back off to Salah, who then drove into the area and made the score 3-1.
And Redknapp was absolutely raving about Firmino’s performance as Liverpool opened up a five point lead at the top of the table.
“I have to devote a separate section to Roberto Firmino. That flick into Mohamed Salah deserves nothing less — it was an outrageous piece of skill,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Firmino is such an influential player and any budding strikers should study him. Not only does he possess the ability to produce those moments of magic, he also does the dirty work. His work rate is relentless. Silky Firmino really is the full package.”
Somehow, Firmino appears to have found another level this season. It is a frightening prospect for any side hoping to challenge Liverpool.
And given how close they came to winning the title last year, perhaps the attacker’s scarcely-believable improvement could prove to make a real difference this time around.