Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino often has to play second fiddle to Philippe Coutinho as the star turn at Anfield but the Brazil international is more than proving his worth in his own way.
The 26-year-old’s two goals in the 5-0 drubbing of bottom side Swansea took his tally for the season to 16 for the campaign having scored nine in his last nine matches, scoring twice on three occasions during that time.
He is a crucial cog in Jurgen Klopp’s game plan – keeping a bona fide striker like Daniel Sturridge out of the team – as although Coutinho provides the creativity his compatriot provides the clever running and unrelenting work-rate which creates not only chances for himself but his team-mates.
That was typified midway through the first half against the Swans when a rare moment of poor control saw the ball trickle out for a throw-in. Within seconds Firmino had won it back from the restart to launch a counter-attack.
“I appreciate Roberto’s effort and performance always,” said Klopp.
“I am happy that he scored twice but I could not say how many he has scored so far in the season because I feel he is always involved and always in and around the dangerous situations for the opponents.
“In the first half he was right full-back, he was left full-back, he was everywhere.
“At the end he scored two goals so that’s nice, very nice. I am happy for all the boys when they score.
“It will be easy to score like the second goal of Roberto.
“Probably you could have scored this. Maybe I could have scored this.”