Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has admitted that he likes watching Bobby Firmino in the flesh, and appreciates how good he is for Liverpool.
The Brazilian forward isn’t your typical No.9, in that he doesn’t score as many goals as someone like Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy, but his role is much more important than that.
And Richards is the latest to admit his admiration for the Liverpool man. As a gold standard of sorts, the former City man says he uses Sergio Aguero as the striker to be compared to.
In fairness, the Argentine is disgusting in front of goal, and is probably the most talented (traditional) No.9 in the Premier League, but Richards says Firmino cannot be compared to him.
“I watch Firmino live and I always compare strikers to Aguero, he always scores, but the work Firmino does for the team goes unnoticed and it’s only when you see these players live that you realise how good they are,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
For the sake of a comparison, Aguero has managed a goal every 82 minutes in the Premier League this season and Bobby has just three in 11 starts.
But, as Richards said, the two simply cannot be compared to each-other as Firmino helps the Liverpool squad in a different way to how Aguero helps City.