Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lauded his ‘outstanding’ teammate Roberto Firmino after the Reds recorded their 16 consecutive league victory during a 4-0 victory against Southampton at Anfield.
The Reds’ 24th victory of the season ensured Liverpool have now claimed 100 points from their last 102 available – they also extended their unbeaten league run to 42 matches – the second-highest in top-flight history.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions also made it 20 consecutive home league victories to equal Manchester City’s record in 2012. Their 22-point lead at the top of the league table is the biggest gap at the top any league-leader has ever had at the end of a day in English top-flight history.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made two goals in as many games after opening the scoring in the second-half courtesy of a Roberto Firmino assist. Jordan Henderson continued his inspiring form with his third league goal of the season before the skipper turned provider to set up Salah to kill the match.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Henderson,29, claimed that ‘some of the stuff’ Firmino does on a weely-basis is nothing short of ‘madness’.
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“Some of the stuff he does is madness really!” Henderson told Liverpool’s official website. “But he’s another outstanding player for us and it was another big performance from him.
“Especially in the second half, every one put in a really good performance. We’re just really delighted to get the three points, especially going into the break now.”
It was another scintillating display from the Brazilian who made it a hat-trick of assists to put the Reds within touching distance of the title – they are just seven wins away from immortality.
Firmino, 28, is currently embarking on his fifth season at the club since his £29m [BBC Sport] move from Hoffenheim in 2015. The Champions League-winning forward has 76 goals and 56 assists in 227 matches for the league leaders.
He has transformed the No.9 role to a new position entirely. Firmino has featured more than any player since Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside five years ago. The Brazil international is the German manager’s go-to-man and has been the focal point of his team for some time now.
Firmino has clocked up 35 appearances for the Premier League champions-elect this season and has 10 goals and 12 assists in that time.
The history-books await, this Liverpool team are making the unsustainable seem ordinary. With 13 games left to simply enjoy this ride, it is an anthem that will head into regular rotation with title No.9 within grasp.