Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:01
Ask Jurgen Klopp about his irreplaceable Brazilian and the Liverpool manager might ask: “Which one?”
While Philippe Coutinho’s value swells in a season of personal excellence, Roberto Firmino may be the most underrated player beyond Merseyside. His application enables others to shine. He is the facilitator.
Firmino took his goal tally for the season to 16 as Liverpool exposed and humiliated manager-less, insipid and increasingly doomed Swansea, to close the gap to Manchester United in the race for the also-ran title. When he was substituted alongside Mo Salah – denied the chance to chase his first hat-trick for the club so as to be rested for the fixtures to come – it was another sign of the esteem with which he is held by Klopp.
Liverpool may eventually be forced to imagine a post-Coutinho era. If so, Firmino’s ability to get the most from those around him may make it more tolerable.
“I appreciate Roberto’s effort and performances always,” said Klopp. “I could not say how many he has scored because he is always involved in dangerous situations. You could see he wasn’t the happiest in the stadium when I took him off.
“But I have to stay serious and reasonable because there are a lot of games to come.”
read more on telegraph.co.uk..
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