Sadio Mané says strike partner Roberto Firmino is like an animal in the way he works and makes things a lot easier for his teammates out on the pitch.
Under Jürgen Klopp, hard work on and off the pitch has been a key characteristic which has made up for a lack of quality at times but when combined with the class of player now available to him, the football on show at times is scintillating.
Last season, Mané, Firmino and Mo Salah combined to form Europe’s most prolific front three, scoring 89 goals in total and propelling the Reds to a Champions League final.
While Salah attracted the most attention with his 44 goal debut season for Liverpool, one player who misses out on a lot of the plaudits is Bobby Firmino, who scored 27 goals of his own.
Mané says Firmino doesn’t receive as much praise as he should and that the hard work he puts in on the pitch is almost animalistic and makes his teammates’ lives a whole lot easier.
The Senegal international said: “Lots of people like to talk about me and (Mo) Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective.
“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier.
“And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.”