Arsene Wenger has some positive words for Roberto Firmino after Liverpool lost to Leicester City. The Brazilian had the highlight of the match.
Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was another game where the Reds undid their own good work.
They controlled the game before conceding a soft equaliser. From there, though, they failed to defend even remotely well, conceding twice more.
And thus the ‘highlights’ from this one will be more calamitous than impressive. All except one.
Liverpool’s goal against Leicester came about after some magic from Roberto Firmino. He pulled off a double backheel-type-move in the box to set up Mohamed Salah.
It was wonderful – he created the clear open chance that no one else could (other than Alisson).
And after the game, Arsene Wenger had nothing but praise for Firmino as he talked to beIN Sports.
“You see many strikers who, in Firmino’s position [for the goal], would have tried to force the shot or to dribble,” said Wenger.
“He’s the kind of striker you do not find a lot, they work hard for the team and they make the players around them better.
“He is always ready to work for the team and puts his body on the line for the others, so I respect that, and he scores goals as well.
“Maybe he’s a bit short of goals but all the rest, you cannot fault him.”
What RTK has to say
Firmino at his best is unlike any other no.9 in the Premier League. In fact, there are few the world over who can do what he does.
No, he doesn’t get all the goals of a typical striker but what he can bring is enough to improve the entire team.
Firmino will be the link with the midfield, he’ll create space for other forwards, he’ll press defenders, he’ll pick up assists and he’ll chip in with goals.
The problem in recent times is that Firmino is rarely at his best. But then, the entire team is struggling at that will have an effect.
His moment of magic on Saturday was something to savour, though. Hopefully, it’s a sign of what’s to come.