Ox offers insight into what makes Firmino ‘frightening’

Date published: Thursday 1st March 2018 4:26

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has heaped praise upon Liverpool’s front three, reserving special mention for Roberto Firmino.

The Reds have earned rave reviews for their attacking performances this season, despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino have stepped up, forming a fearsome front three that has helped Liverpool make their way up to third in the Premier League table.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken about the qualities that have made Firmino stand out.

“Bobby is such a quality striker, especially in our team – he fits the team so well,” the midfielder told the club’s official website.

“We’ve got Danny Ings and Dom Solanke that do it really well as well, defending from the front. They all work hard.

“Bobby is one of the best I’ve seen at winning the ball back from the front; he presses people from their blind side and they don’t know he’s coming and he wins it back.

“He’s really good at dropping in as well; he can play as a false 9 where he is not always so high, he drops in, comes short for the ball and that opens up the space for Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] to run in behind.

“The three of them work really well and when they’re playing the way they can, when Bobby is coming deep and the other two are running in behind, it gives you so many options to play in behind or to feet to link up with them.

“When they’re on song, there is no three you’d rather have in front of you.”

As a front three, Firmino, Salah and Mane have contributed 66 goals this season

“It’s frightening,” says Oxlade-Chamberlain. “There won’t be too many trios in Europe that can muster up those sorts of numbers.

“They’ve been brilliant for us in front of goal, but defensively as well they know their jobs, they work really hard and they’re really good, honest lads and good to be around.

“They’re the type of lads that you really want to see succeed and do well, and you want to do everything you can to help them to achieve their goals and ultimately to help the team achieve all of our goals.”


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