Firmino is in the form of his life right now. A matter of weeks after becoming the first Brazilian footballer ever to reach 50 Premier League goals, the Copa America champion produced a dazzling performance off the bench to inspire a 3-1 comeback victory against Newcastle United at Anfield.
Steve Bruce was left stunned by a sublime performance from Liverpool’s number nine, likening Firmino to his former Manchester United team-mate Eric Cantona after the game (The Mirror). The enigmatic Frenchman certainly would have been proud with that most impudent of backheels which set up Mo Salah on Saturday for the clinching goal against The Magpies.
And Aldridge, who won the 1988 first division title with The Reds, has admitted he was wrong about a player who seems to get better with every season that goes by.
"I have not always been Firmino’s biggest fan and there were times last season when I questioned whether he should remain in the team,” Aldridge said.
“But Klopp has always stood behind him and he is showing us why now.”
With Firmino leaving defences dazzled and reinventing the role of a centre-forward at the reigning European Champions, it’s easy to forget how much he struggled initially at Anfield after that £29 million move from Hoffenheim in 2015 (BBC).
The Firmino of four years ago looked laboured, nervous and gave possession away at a remarkable rate. But then Klopp arrived and, as he so often does, took that raw talent and turned it into something special.
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