This weekend see yet another commanding, strangling performance from Liverpool. The Reds journeyed to North London to run out 1-0 winners over Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The win made Jürgen Klopp’s men the first side in the history of Europe’s top five leagues to win 20 of their first 21 games. Writing in The Times after the game, Tony Cascarino compared Roberto Firmino to Paul Gascoigne.
It was Bobby that netted the winning goal in the game. The Reds had dominated throughout the first half but it took 37 minutes for them to edge ahead.
Jordan Henderson was aggressively first to a loose ball on the edge of the box, finding Mo Salah inside the area who in turn found Bobby – the number nine made no mistake as he fired past Paulo Gazzaniga.
Cascarino was incredibly impressed with the Brazilian, he wrote in The Times:
“The way Firmino let the ball run across him in order to make space for himself was genius. It is such a tricky skill, for which you need vision and awareness. Paul Gascoigne used to do it and few players do it now as well as Firmino…He is the one of Liverpool’s front three who can do things that Mo Salah and Sadio Mané cannot. He is a thinking player who always seems to know what is the best option to take. He makes Liverpool tick.”
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The Reds have one of the most lethal attacks in the world because they work symbiotically. Whilst Bobby can do things that his two comrades cannot, the same can be said of Sadio and Mo. Each of them give the best of themselves to the team and they work like cogs in a Swiss watch.
This is perhaps an apt comparison between Roberto Firmino and Paul Gascoigne – the number nine shows consistently that he has an unrivalled attacking anticipation, he knows what defenders will do and where they will be, something that Gazza made a career out of, always being a step ahead.