Former Liverpool and England forward Emile Heskey says Roberto Firmino is finally getting the plaudits that he deserves for his top-class performances.
The Brazilian star perhaps was underappreciated early in his Anfield career but over the last 12 months or so, has begun to be far more recognised as the top-quality footballer he is.
Heskey scored for the Reds’ Legends team on Saturday afternoon as they beat Rangers at Ibrox. You can watch his excellent finish – as well as the other two Reds goals – by clicking here.
He told the Liverpool ECHO: “The one player who stands out that is now starting to get the plaudits is Firmino. For years I’ve been talking about his movement and the way he plays.
“He is the one that makes everything tick. He is a perfect link-up man but he scores goals as well. He is the link between the midfield and the forwards. Everything goes through him and sometimes people forget that.”
Firmino has three goals and three assists for the Reds in eight league matches so far this season.
He scored for Brazil in their 1-1 draw with Sadio Mane’s Senegal on Thursday night and is likely to feature for his country against Nigeria later today before he returns to Merseyside in more than enough time to prepare for the trip to Manchster United in the Premier League next Sunday.