Roberto Firmino praised as Liverpool’s key man after Newcastle win

Sadio Mane may have got a double while strike partner Mohamed Salah grabbed a goal, but it was Roberto Firmino who came away with the praise on Saturday.

The Brazilian forward played under an hour of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield.

Having come on as a substitute for injured Divock Origi, Firmino immediately got to work giving the Magpies defenders nightmares with a string of passes in behind and mazing runs.

Firmino provided a beautiful assist for Salah’s second goal, as he played a one-two with the Egyptian with a perfect flick.

He almost had another assist, as well, in arguably even more flamboyant style.

After being played the ball by Andy Robertson inside the box, the forward simply stood with the ball, before scooping a pass over Fabian Schar.

The left-back sprinted to meet the pass, but his shot was saved.

And speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer was full of praise for his efforts throughout the game.

“I mention different styles because this is what Firmino does, he gets in that position time and time again in between the defence and the midfield,” Shearer explained.

“Defenders have got a problem, do they [go close] which enables the space allowing Salah and Mane to run in behind which they do on one occasion.

“Then the exact same thing, this time he plays it in and the goalkeeper makes a good save.

“Schar doesn’t know whether to get tight, if he does then Firmino will just flick it over him. It’s outrageous ability to do that.

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“Save the best ’til last, this is computer game stuff this is, he takes a touch with the right, flick with the left, wonderful finish from Salah.

“They know each other’s game inside out. He knows that when he’s in that position, Salah is off.

“Salah and Mane, that front three is magnificent.

“He was only on the field for 53 minutes, he didn’t get his goal, but the performance was magnificent.”



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