Thiago says he’s never seen a player like Roberto Firmino before. The Brazilian shone against Manchester United on Thursday.
Thiago hasn’t been at the club a full season yet but he’s seen an awful lot. He’s witnessed some real highs, with the club topping the league, but he’s also played in a mis-match side with wildly fluctuating form.
He certainly wasn’t expecting all of this when he joined last summer. Certainly, no one imagined he’d play with Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams more than he would with Virgil van Dijk.
But for all he’s seen, the highlight must have been at Old Trafford on Thursday. Liverpool played Manchester United off the park for most of the game in one of their best performances this season.
There were a good few standouts, as we mentioned here, with Trent Alexander-Arnold arguably the pick of the bunch. But there should be a special mention for Roberto Firmino, a player Thiago says is unlike anything he’s seen.
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Firmino bagged two goals to set Liverpool on their way to three points. It was his best performance of the season, certainly, and one that came at the right time.
But his game was more than just goals. Firmino pressed wonderfully well, created chances for his teammates, and made himself a constant option.
Thiago on Roberto Firmino
“He’s a very important player for us,” said Thiago after the game.
“I think he’s the least-selfish striker I’ve ever seen in my life because he always tries to reach the best option for his teammates, but also he’s a great goalscorer.”
That just about sums up Firmino. Jurgen Klopp converted him from an attacking midfielder into an out-and-out striker – a fantastic move that created a unique player.
Now Liverpool thrive on Firmino, when he’s at his best. While that hasn’t always been the case this season, the win over United was a reminder of just how good things can be.
Hopefully, then, this is just the start of Firmino recapturing his form.