Everybody associated with Liverpool can’t get enough of Roberto Firmino at the moment.
The Brazilian’s our outright top scorer with nine, having scored eight of those in our past 13 matches. He’s racked up a similar number of assists and has transformed himself from potential transfer flop to a potential Premier League superstar.
In fact, no player has been involved in more goals since the turn of the year than our no.11.
And captain Jordan Henderson’s certainly taken note.
“Being completely honest, I had seen very little of him before he arrived here,” Henderson told the Liverpool magazine, cited by Sky Sports.
“Naturally, he needed some time to settle in but he’s been brilliant for us, especially over the last few months.
“He’s a very, very good player with a lot of skill who also works extremely hard for the team. He’s provided goals and I think he’s much more robust than people realise, he’s quite wiry.
“Now it’s about him continuing to grow and get even better.”
Henderson’s hit the nail on the head. Not only is Firmino finding the back of the net and has outrageous technical ability, but he’s a hard worker – perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s all-action style of football.
Against Manchester United on Thursday, Firmino started alongside Daniel Sturridge, Coutinho and Adam Lallana for the first time – and the creativity and dynamism they brought to the side put our rivals to the sword.
James Milner was injured, but now he’ll do well to earn a recall considering how effective that front four was.
Firmino’s equally as effective playing behind the forward or as a false-9, and if he continues his current level of progression the £29m we paid for him will seem a bargain.