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.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho of Liverpool celebrate with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool via Getty Images)

Irreplaceable

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.

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Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Reaction

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.

 

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