The wait is finally over! And we’re not talking about Liverpool’s 30-year title wait, for the first time in 16 months, Roberto Firmino has his Anfield PL goal.
The Brazilian maestro had been waiting what felt a lifetime to finally break his Anfield duck and the Bobby dazzler saved it for the final home match of the season to finally silence the doubters.
Jurgen Klopp’s smile after Firmino duly converted Trent Alexander-Alexander’s sumptuous could paint a thousand pictures – the manager knows full well how patient the forward has been to uplift his home curse.
Even in these post-lockdown matches though, Firmino’s performance levels haven’t dropped. He has drawn praise and criticism in equal measure due to his lack of goals but hopefully his ninth league goal of the season against Chelsea can propel him onto better things next season.
Now with the season all but wrapped up despite one game remaining, attention can revert to Firmino’s qualities outside of goalscoring after the obsession to score at Anfield was finally ended.
Firmino is one of the most uniquely gifted and graceful players of his time. He creates goals for the team and he’s absolutely incredible at it. He can do it with his vision – hence his seven assists. He can do it through his unwavering movement, as documented here. And he can do it through his incredible work-rate and pressing, winning the ball back and allowing the Reds to counter.
While he is by no means the most prolific central attacker in the division, there isn’t one striker in the English top-flight that Kopites would trade Firmino for – and with good reason.
Firmino is the focal point of Liverpool’s attacking trident. No Liverpool player has featured more under Klopp than Bobby.
“He is [unique],” Klopp stated when describing his striker. “He is just exceptional, a very football-smart person, obviously.
Without him, it would be impossible for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to dominate the Premier League goalscoring charts.
He is one of the most selfless players this winning-machine of a squad possesses and is simply irreplaceable.
It was no surprise to see an outpour of emotion from supporters after Firmino finally got his Anfield goal.
Here is a look at some of the tweets from supporters who haven’t forgotten just how paramount Firmino has been to the club’s success in recent years.
Good morning #lfcfamily. It's a beautiful day.
Still can't get over the joy of winning the @premierleague trophy last night.
If there's anyone I'm truly happy for, it's #Firmino. He's been selfless and key to the fluidity of the team.
He's not received a lot of accolades 1/2.. pic.twitter.com/lGhNP6XUNi
— Kay Cee (@SarKelz) July 23, 2020
Firmino finally scores at Anfield. Thank goodness
— Bassey (@Divine_lfc) July 22, 2020
All I wanted today was 3 points and a Firmino goal. Yes Bobby lad.
— LFC Chris Ⓜ️ (@PopcodLFC) July 22, 2020
Bobby Firmino. I love the bloke.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) July 22, 2020
THIS IS SPECIAL. BOBBY FIRMINO.
— Salman (@Sak_LFC) July 22, 2020