Ally McCoist says ‘brilliant’ Liverpool man one of few players on the planet with special trait

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Ally McCoist was more than impressed by Bobby Firmino’s contributions on a night where Liverpool blitzed their opponents in a single half of football.

The 60-year-old admitted his admiration for the Brazilian’s game and, more specifically, his unique awareness of players and where they are on the pitch.

“Brilliant. I said before the game I was a great admirer of his game knowledge, his game intelligence and I just really think he’s an extremely clever player,” the former Scottish international told BT Sport (via the Futbolista YouTube channel).

“He’s one of these players, if you make a run he knows where you are.

“There’s only certain players that have an awareness of people where they are on the pitch – and he’s one of them.”

It’s that trait in particular that has allowed the former Hoffenheim man to flourish in the false-nine role for much of his Anfield career under Jurgen Klopp, enabling him to effectively link play and create pockets of space for his teammates to expose.

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Should this season be Firmino’s last dance in the famous red shirt it would appear that he’s on course for one hell of a farewell tour.

12 goal contributions in as many games puts him on level terms with Mo Salah (in a game fewer), for context.

If the Liverpool striker can continue to deliver when called upon, however, it’s only a matter of time before speculation arises over the possibility of an extended contract.

Whilst a tempting thought, we’d imagine that the club will be satisfied to see the forward end his time on Merseyside on a high note and leave room for a young talent to write their own tales of glory under Klopp.

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