John Aldridge admits Roberto Firmino has proved him wrong at Liverpool

Former Liverpool player John Aldridge looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid,...

Roberto Firmino was dazzling as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool moved top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool gestures to a fan who refused to return the ball  during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in...

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has admitted to the Irish Independent that he had doubts about Roberto Firmino but has paid tribute to the Brazilian superstar for proving him wrong.

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.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

"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.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates with team mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton...

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