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Roberto Firmino is a player unlike any other: Michael Owen proves it

Liverpool aren’t your average football team. The Reds play a distinct brand of football, a brand of football that many other teams can’t seem to figure out an answer for. Roberto Firmino is key to this unstoppable style and at the weekend he set up a goal without even touching the ball, Michael Owen has proved as much in a piece of analysis for Sky Sports.

Roberto Firmino set up a goal without touching the ball at the weekend. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This season Roberto Firmino has failed to score a Premier League goal at Anfield. The Brazilian has played in every single home game we’ve had in the league but has failed to find the net.

Opposition fans regularly point to this stat and demand Kopites explain why we believe he is a world class striker if he can’t even bag at his own ground.

Roberto Firmino’s role, as Reds fans will tell you, is about much more than goals. He is a creator, not just with his passing and dribbling but also with his movement.

The Brazilian forward has such an intuitive understanding of the game that his slightest movements can be crucial to the teammates around him. Following the 2-0 win against Aston Villa, the role of Roberto Firmino in the Reds’ first goal was praised by Michael Owen.

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The key quote from this clip is “what you want as a centre forward is to be unselfish”.

The Liverpool number 9 with two subtle pieces of movement plays a pivotal role in his side’s winning goal, without even touching the ball.

Whether or not Firmino scores each game is immaterial, the only thing that matters is that Liverpool win the game. He may have no goals at home from 17 games but he has 17 wins from 17 games and that is down to his unparalleled movement and vision.

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