Firmino proves he can be an asset from deep during Liverpool’s win over Watford

Fixture In Focus banner Richard Lee

Throughout his time at Liverpool, Roberto Firmino has proven that he can bring more than just goals.

The Brazilian has an admirable work ethic and ability to drop back when needed, but in recent weeks he has struggled to make an impression and seen his form questioned by Reds fans online.

Against Watford on Saturday, though, the 27-year-old got back amongst the goals by netting only his fifth of the season in the Reds’ 3-0 triumph at Vicarage Road.

Interestingly, Firmino was given a slightly different role to his usual position as he was required to play deeper in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Roberto Firmino stats vs Watford

It took some time for the Brazilian to make an impact, but as well as contributing to the scoreline, the former Hoffenheim star created frequent goalscoring opportunities.

His dribbles from deep caused problems for the Hornets, and he was involved in each goal.

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For the first, which was netted by Mohamed Salah in the 61st minute, Firmino was part of the attacking move that led to the goal.

The Brazilian also won the free-kick that resulted in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s strike and, of course, he scored the third.

Klopp is discovering this season that his team can produce the goods in various formations, and even though it has not always been easy on the eye, the team continue to pick up results.

As for Firmino, he may have the odd quiet game, but the attacker has proven once again that he is an asset.