Liverpool won a crazy game vs Leicester City on Wendesday evening and Roberto Firmino was a huge part of that. The Brazilian put in a magnificent display.
Liverpool went into the game against Leicester with a very understrength side. In fact, the only starting player who would currently get in the best XI was Jordan Henderson – everyone else was second choice.
And that showed as the Reds twice trailed by two goals. Against the odds, though, they fought back to win the game on penalties in a fantastic achievement.
Certain players, like half-time substitute James Milner, deserve a lot of credit for the comeback. And if we had to pick one starter, it would be Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian showed off exactly why he’s pretty much irreplaceable for Liverpool.
Firmino for Liverpool vs Leicester
Firmino didn’t actually score any of the Liverpool goals. We’d suggest he played a key role in all three, however.
The 30-year-old’s most blatant involvement came for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal. Firmino got the ball in the box, held it up and managed to poke it back to his teammate. It was the kind of link-up play you expect from him.
His involvement for the Liverpool second wasn’t as clear but it was Firmino who drove Leicester back with a dribble. He then kept his wide-left position, allowing both Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino to drift centrally. The Brazilian then won the ball back and played the pass into Minamino, who then assisted Jota.
And the third was very subtle, too. Firmino again vacated the space in the middle as Milner put the ball into the box, allowing his Liverpool teammates to take up the more dangerous spots.
This is really Firmino in a nutshell. He made the movements and did the dirty work that created chances for others. In a sense, he makes everyone else better, dragging defenders away or making sure they get the ball how they need it.
And this was a fine example of that. Firmino’s stats all show it off, too – 4 created chances, one interception, 2 dribbles out of 2 and 61 touches (per Whoscored).
He truly is a one-of-a-kind striker and one Liverpool may never replace.