Do we have the league’s best Brazilian? Si señor. Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool’s third goal against Burnley at the weekend and, in doing so, became the first Brazilian to score 50 goals in the Premier League.
It’s important to note that Firmino is more important than his 50 goals.
Since joining Liverpool from Hoffenheim in July 2015, Firmino has notched 68 goals and 50 assists in 198 games in all competitions.
After arriving as an aggressive attacking midfielder, Firmino became indispensable and carved out a unique role for himself in this Liverpool side, the eponymous Firmino Role. This unique role is more important than just goals and assists; it is dynamism, it is pressing and instilling confidence in the rest of the side.
Firmino can be found hounding weary defences, frightening them from the first minute. This is a stamp of authority that Liverpool have missed since Gerrard’s ‘hit the big man early’ mentality. When he isn’t hounding defenders he is triggering runs, have a look back at the Burnley game and make note of how many times Salah and Mane run in behind the second Bobby is on the ball.
His tireless work rate has proved crucial to the implementation of Klopp’s philosophy, his effort proving an example to the rest of the front three. He is a key game player, he loves scoring against Arsenal, he saved us against PSG. He has the whitest teeth in the Prem. Firmino is more important than his 50 goals, he is a provider, a defender, a talisman. Firmino is a modern day Liverpool icon.