Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino had his best game of the season on Saturday as he contributed greatly to his side’s astonishing 4-1 victory over Premier League title favourites Manchester City.
The Brazil international joined the Reds from Hoffenheim in the summer, a transfer which was met with plenty of optimism among the Liverpool supporters.
However, he has struggled somewhat to adjust to Premier League football and arguably his biggest problem so far at Anfield has been nailing down a fixed position in the starting line-up.
Against City, Liverpool headed into the clash with a number of strikers absent through either injury, fitness doubts or simply a lack of form, prompting boss Jurgen Klopp to start Firmino at centre-forward.
While it’s arguably not Firmino’s best position, the talented forward excelled there nonetheless as his mobility and energetic style of play caused the hosts an abundance of problems.
The 24-year-old scored one, assisted another, took five shots, created four chances via key passes and completed three successful take-ons – a truly superb output considering the opponents.
Boss Jurgen Klopp likes his teams to play full-throttle football, pressing high up the pitch and forcing the opposition into mistakes. But most of all, he likes energy and movement.
Having a centre-forward in the mould of Firmino, and previously Reds hero Luis Suarez, scares the opposition to death and creates space for fellow attacking players to shine.
It came as no surprise to see Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana also thrive against City as both players were afforded space to wreak havoc in the final third.
Luis Suarez was a world-class goalscorer for the Merseyside outfit, but arguably his best talent is his movement, harrying of defenders and ability to pull the opposition out of their comfort zone.
The Uruguayan international grew to become the focal point of Liverpool’s team, and under Klopp there could be reason to believe Firmino has the attributes to become equally important.