Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has moved to praise striker Roberto Firmino, claiming that he is the 'engine' propelling his side forward. Liverpool ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Southampton on Saturday, with Firmino receiving a rapturous reception from the home fans for his relentless attacking movement for the Reds.
In an interview with the club's official website, Klopp took the time to single Firmino out for praise after their victory, claiming:
"What a player! What can I say? If he loses the ball, he fights for it back. If he loses it again, he fights for it. He looks like the engine of the team.
"In the game (against Southampton), he was not scoring or (was) being a step too far left or right in the goalscoring moments. Then he shoots, it’s saved but Phil scores. But he stays in the game. I really like how the crowd appreciate it. It’s really nice to see and he deserves it, he works so hard.
"They all work hard, but as a striker of course you always think you should score as well. He will, 100 per cent.”
Despite only scoring three league goals so far this season, Firmino's role as a false nine has worked wonders for the Reds - allowing the likes of Mohamed Salah acres of space to score as defenders focus their attentions on the tenacious Brazilian frontman.
Liverpool will have been frustrated to see Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all win at the weekend, meaning that they remain in fifth place in the table. The Reds are 12 points off leaders Manchester City, but the Citizen's defensive injury crisis may well give hope to the Merseyside club in their efforts to catch the rampant table-toppers.