Roberto Firmino, take a bow.
Our Brazilian scored his 24th goal of the season last night to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City, but it’s his overall contribution that impressed us most.
The 26-year-old did very little offensive work, actually, but gave himself to the team in his entirety.
In the first-half, he was booked after tripping an onrushing Kevin de Bruyne, but this didn’t stop him tracking back after the same player in the second-half and performing a crucial tackle.
Check it out below:
Would Higuain, Lewandowski, Cavani or Aguero have made this defensive sprint? pic.twitter.com/n3amF8BmFJ
— Josh SchneiderWeiler (@footballautobio) April 11, 2018
Firmino’s goal, incidentally, was his eighth of the Champions League campaign, which makes him Liverpool’s highest ever scorer during a single European Cup season.
Not bad for a ‘false-9’ who can’t finish or sprint, eh?!
We’re not sure we’d swap him for anybody, and know for definite Klopp wouldn’t!