Roberto Firmino did not have his best game on Sunday afternoon against Chelsea, but Mario Melchiot was impressed with the Brazilian nonetheless.
The Reds’ number nine scored what proved to be the winning goal at Stamford Bridge and Melchiot raved about him afterwards.
Via Live4Liverpool, he said: “Now we see how important that guy is. He has everything you want as a striker. He can hold the ball up – he’s strong.
“He’s got a bit of badness in him. He can score goals, and he is very intelligent. He has all the ingredients that as a defender you wouldn’t like to face and as a team player you want to have in your team. That’s why he’s that good.”
All the Reds players – Firmino included – looked tired after the trip to Italy during the week, and it just goes to show how good the team is now that they still managed to get the three points despite that.
The final few minutes were not pretty, but the Reds restored their five-point gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and won what has traditionally been a really difficult fixture.
After the visit to MK Dons on Wednesday night, the Reds face Sheffield United in the Premier League and then host Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.