Roberto Firmino sees a magic ingredient that helps push Liverpool to new heights. It’s one that certain rivals seriously lack.
Liverpool are flying high right now – but a 5-0 win at Old Trafford will do that. The Reds went to the home of their biggest rivals and embarrassed them. It doesn’t get much better than that.
But that’s not the only positive result in recent weeks. A 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid in Madrid was something to shout about, as is the fact that Liverpool are the only undefeated Premier League side.
Throw in progression to the EFL Cup Quarter Finals and there’s plenty to shout about right now.
So why are things going so well right now? It’s not as though Liverpool made any dramatic additions to their side over the summer. Ibrahima Konate was the only major arrival as a fourth centre-back.
But according to Roberto Firmino, that’s kind of the point. This Liverpool squad boasts a magic ingredient that most lack.
Firmino on magic ingredient
“Each player has a very well-defined role on the field,” said Firmino, per Globo Esporte. “It’s a team that has been playing together for some time and we know each other very well.
“We play for each other for Liverpool, and that makes a difference.”
We think Firmino hit the nail on the head there. Liverpool’s front-three, for instance, as in their fifth season as a trio.
That breeds familiarity and an understanding that you can’t really buy. It’s the same all over the pitch, though.
In fact, Gini Wijnaldum aside, Liverpool can comfortably start the same XI that they did in 2018. It’s still a side you’d back to beat anyone.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United made big additions over the summer. Liverpool didn’t do anything on that kind of scale and are instead hoping that a lack of additions makes a difference.
This is a team that knows one another inside out, with organisation that might be the world’s best. It played a huge part in the demolition at Old Trafford, for instance.
They went down a similar route in 2019, signing no one after winning the Champions League and backing consistency instead. That paid out with a Premier League title.
The way things are going, we could see a similar result this year, too.