Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed that Roberto Firmino will have books written about him following his display against Manchester United.
The Brazilian forward has proved one of the Reds’ key players for a number of years now. In fact, he was the only member of the trademark front three that Klopp did not sign.
However, he has stayed his course with 301 appearances for Liverpool, most of them under Klopp.
Firmino does not score as many goals as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota. He has faced criticism for that, but Klopp has insisted that his pressing – among other traits – are vital for the team.
Against Man Utd on Sunday, Firmino did not score or assist – unlike hat-trick hero Salah – but Klopp was full of praise for the 30-year-old.
“He played again outstandingly well,” the manager told the Liverpool Echo.
“Mo gets a lot of attention and rightly so but Bobby, for people with football knowledge, I’m pretty sure when he ends playing people will write books about how he interpreted the false nine position.
“I won’t say he invented it! But the way he plays it from time to time looks that way.”
Klopp added: “Some of the defensive things he did on the pitch are absolutely insane.
“Offensively he is obviously a nice link-up player and he scores from time to time. Bobby knows how much we appreciates what he is doing and that is what matters most.”
Salah stole the show with his three goals. In fact, that made him the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
In doing so, he also overtook Didier Drogba to become the highest-scoring African in Premier League history.
Klopp hails Liverpool display
Elsewhere, Klopp hailed Liverpool’s ruthless display as they added a massive piece of history to their long-standing rivalry with United.
He said: “What can I say? Did I expect that? No. What we did in the last third was insane. Pressing high, winning balls, scored wonderful goals.
“I told them at half-time to play better. We started incredibly well and stopped playing football. We controlled the game after the fifth, it was not about scoring more, just trying to get out without more injuries.
“The result is insane, I asked if there was one like this in history and if there isn’t then it will take a while. The players put a nice piece in the book. It is special but we don’t celebrate like crazy, we have respect for the opponents. We were lucky in some moments, United are not in their best moment.”
Liverpool return to action on Wednesday when facing Preston in the Carabao Cup.