Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on selfless forward Bobby Firmino during a recent interview with Football Joe.
With football in the country currently suspended due to the global health pandemic, Klopp has had a chance to sit down and reflect on the campaign.
Firmino netted his first goal of the season at Anfield during last week’s 3-2 defeat over Atletico Madrid.
His game, however, is about far more than scoring goals and he certainly has the backing of a boss who adores him.
Klopp told Football Joe: “He’s a connector. It’s pretty rare that you meet a person like Bobby who is so selfless and unselfish.
“He’s like, ball there, ball there, pass the ball and he’s really happy about it. Then he realises ‘well I didn’t score for four or five weeks actually.’
“It’s unbelievable though (his unselfishness), it doesn’t matter. He’s really world-class – just a sensationally good guy.”
Firmino signed for Liverpool in 2015 for £29 million and has quickly become one of the best deep-lying forwards in world football.
It is perhaps remarkable that it took him until March to find the net for the first time at Anfield this season.
His 10 strikes prior to that goal all came away from home and the Brazilian also has 12 assists to his name this season.
Firmino collects £180,000-a-week at Anfield and he is worth every single penny.
The work he does to create chances for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah is tireless and the duo will clearly appreciate his contribution.
It’s a fair assessment to claim that Firmino is arguably Liverpool’s most important player.
Without him dropping deep and buzzing around, Klopp’s team miss something in attack and it’s even accurate to say he is underrated by some people.