Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle has proven once again that Roberto Firmino really does represent the heart of the squad.
What an absolute phenomenal performance from the Brazilian striker. He is officially the best “false 9” in the Premier League.
I was shocked to see Firmino on the bench when the team was announced. I know the choice was to probably rest him as he has just returned from the international break, but you cannot underestimate Newcastle and their attack.
The first 30 minutes of the game were quite sloppy for Liverpool. Other than Mane’s equaliser, the Reds had been giving the ball away with the defence playing too deep. Many fans took to twitter after noticing the different style of play that came without Firmino:
Liverpool's final third movement is very flat here. It shows both Origi's limitations and the importance of Roberto Firmino in this system.
— Colin Spreag (@ColinSpreag) September 14, 2019
Not working – bring Firmino on now
— The Anfield Buzz (@anfield_buzz) September 14, 2019
I know Firmino played for Brazil. But "resting" him is pointless if klopp will just bring him on in the second half….. Hopefully not chasing the game if we do. If not, then pointless.
— Reece×6 (@LiV_erPool1) September 14, 2019
Firmino was eventually brought on in the 37th minute after Origi came off with an unfortunate ankle injury. However, there was no doubt the game changed in Liverpool’s favour with the front three back to their usual play. Within two minutes, Liverpool were back in control as Firmino set-up Mane for his second goal.
The 27 year-old was even better in the second half. Not only did the Brazilian’s back heel provide Salah’s goal, but he also helped create opportunities for his other teammates. For instance, the Brazilian striker chipped the ball over the Newcastle defence for Robertson, whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper. He almost helped put the Reds 4-1 up, until he was caught offside meaning Mane’s third goal would not count.
We all worry about what would happen to the team if we lost Mane or Salah when I think we should focus our worries elsewhere. Today’s game has proven how important the Brazilian is to the team. How he is not only the glue that keep Salah and Mane together, but the whole squad.
Firmino brings a whole new level to the game that makes every single player want to be better. The game just flows for us whenever he is on the pitch, which is why he will be important in the game against Napoli.
I’m glad we have him on our side. I’d hate to be the defender that has to go up against him that’s for sure.
Thank goodness for Bobby Firmino.