The player who has replaced Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s talisman

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Roberto Firmino has been hailed as the player who “makes Liverpool tick in the same way Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho used to”.

Since the start of the 2015/16 season, the Reds attacker has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Liverpool player (70 in total – 45 goals, 25 assists).

His latest contribution against Bournemouth, in which he provided a sensational backheel assist for Mohamed Salah to score Liverpool’s third goal, did not go unnoticed.

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After Jurgen Klopp ‘s side dominated the Cherries and won 3-0 at Anfield BBC Sport columnist Garth Crooks was mightily impressed by the work of Firmino and included the Brazilian in his team of the week.

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He wrote: “I could have picked any one of the ‘red arrows’ against Bournemouth. Mohamed Salah , Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all magnificent and could have made my team.

“I’ve gone for Firmino because, without him, the team doesn’t function quite the same. He makes Liverpool tick in the same way Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho used to. I also selected him just to prove (as rumour has it) that you don’t have to score goals to make my team.”

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino vies with Bournemouth's Nathan Ake
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino vies with Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake

Crooks was also highly complimentary of Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson with both of those Reds players being included in his best XI of the weekend too.

“Sickness and diarrhoea can sweep through a club like wildfire. So imagine when one of your star players comes to training suffering from the symptoms,” he penned.

“Panic ensues!

“Not so with Liverpool and Wijnaldum. The Netherlands international insisted he could play and produced an outstanding performance against a Bournemouth side outclassed from start to finish.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammates Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

On Andy Robertson he added: “I just love watching this kid play. Apart from anything else, he has nerves of steel. The ball he played for Georginio Wijnaldum to score was just wonderful and the side-foot volley when Sadio Mane should have scored was just sensational.

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“There is nothing more frustrating for a striker than a full-back who offers nothing going forward and I’ve played with enough to know. Robertson is a striker’s dream and the best I’ve seen since Ashley Cole.”

Since his Liverpool debut in August 2017, Robertson has assisted more Premier League goals (11) than any other defender.



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