Roberto Firmino is back.
The Brazilian maestro looked to have put his recent troubles behind him yesterday as he rediscovered his form as Liverpool’s illusive and graceful central striker.
He gave Tottenham’s centre-back pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier a day to forget as they were undone by his movement across the front line.
Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to the forward for not only the quality he offered in attack but also his work rate at the top of the pitch.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s no problem for me to talk about such a wonderful performance from Sadio tonight but, actually, Roberto Firmino. I’m not sure I’ve seen a lot of better games from a striker without scoring. He had sprints after 92 minutes, over 60 or 70 yards – that’s unbelievable. That’s very important.”
It’s amazing what one game can do, not only for a team but for an individual.
Firmino put in the kind of performance that saw Reds supporters become obsessed during the early stages of the season over what he is capable of offering up top.
There was a return of the confidence and slickness to the way he kept hold of the ball and the way he seemed to glide past defenders. His spark was back. So much is said about the way Philippe Coutinho’s presence benefits Firmino, but it was clear to see yesterday how key Sadio Mane is in getting the best out of him as well.
We missed you, Bobby.