Liverpool are smashing records left, right and centre following another defining result against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The runaway Premier League leaders’ 1-0 victory in the capital ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s team became the first side in Europe’s top-five leagues to amass 61 points from their opening 21 games.
The Reds’ 20th league victory of the campaign also extended their unbeaten run in the league to 38 matches (the number of fixtures in an entire season) as well as increasing their lead at the Premier League summit to 14 points despite having played a game less than current holders Manchester City.
One player who has been fundamental to Liverpool’s success over the previous two seasons is a player who has featured more under Klopp than any other squad member. That man is, of course, Roberto Firmino who joined the club from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in 2015 for a fee of £29 million.
Currently embarking on his fifth season with the club, Firmino, 28, was the man Klopp decided to pinpoint his team around after the German took charge in October 2015.
After struggling under former manager Brendan Rodgers – who was later dismissed during Firmino’s inaugural Premier League season – the Champions League-winning forward was transformed by Rodgers’ successor Klopp after being deployed as the team’s central attacking focal point.
Despite failing to score under Rodgers altogether with the current Leicester City boss choosing to use Reds striker as a wing-back on numerous occasions, Firmino would go on to redefine the role of a traditional No.9.
Firmino has since emerged as one of the greatest No.9’s currently in world football. The Brazilian alongside fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah has helped to develop Liverpool’s irreplaceable trident into the most devestating attacking force in Europe.
However, there is one extraordinarily bizarre statistic that has continued to elude the Ballon d’Or nominee this season with Firmino still yet to score an Anfield goal.
Despite boasting nine goals in all competitions this campaign, Firmino is yet to score at the home of the European champions domestically since March 2019 after heading home Andy Robertson’s beautifully whipped cross against Spurs 10 months ago.
His previous Anfield goal in Europe was during Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory over Porto back in April.
Remarkably, 41 matches have passed in that time and Firmino is still yet to break his Anfield duck this season.
With Manchester United coming to town on Sunday, Firmino will be desperate to put his Anfield drought swiftly to bed.