Roberto Firmino is set to miss out on a starting role for Brazil at this summer’s World Cup, but the Liverpool forward has received a glowing evaluation from Premier League icon, Thierry Henry.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the Arsenal legend spoke highly of the Liverpool no.9:
“His movement, his work-rate, the way he makes the two central defenders move to allow Mo Salah to make those runs. He isn’t the best finisher, but he is the most complete striker in the league.”
The Brazilian has enjoyed a prolific season, scoring 27 goals – a career best – as well as chucking in with 17 assists as he helped his strike partner, Mo Salah, win the Golden Boot.
But as Henry points out, there is so much more to Firmino’s game than just goals. The former Hoffenheim player runs himself ragged on the pitch; intensely closing down any opposition defender – refusing them time on the ball in typical Klopp fashion.
It is this sacrifice on the pitch that makes Firmino a fan favourite at Anfield and if he can sustain this form or even improve it, Liverpool are in for a treat next season. But for the time being Liverpool fans are busy reacting to Henry’s comment.
Here is a selection of the best of what’s been said…
Cannot compare Firmino because he’s a completely different type of forward, I cannot think of any other striker that does what he does
Like Henry said he’s the most complete striker because he can do everything even the defensive work, not many other strikers can do that or will
— 〽️ (@Riddock__) May 15, 2018
See what one of the greatest strikers ever Thierry Henry said about firmino ? And no stats don't mean everything again you must be clueless buddy
— h (@mrdanielhollis1) May 15, 2018
Hard to argue with when you look at the rest of the '9's in the PL or even attackers not many do the pressing defending then have the skill and guile as Firmino does. Excellent player and a bargain for @LFC
— Ali (@RedAli90) May 16, 2018
He’s class, people have only raced about salah this season but every time I’ve watched Liverpool firmino has been outstanding, his work rate to tackle back, he’s always pressing he’s absolutely class. Needs to tone them white teeth down tho they blind me haha
— leanne (@DelaineMoore3) May 15, 2018
Roberto firmino the only brazilian that ain't overhype and actually living up to expectations👌👏,remember ganso,lucas moura and all thwm other player who was suppose to be the next big thing,well bobby is the big player now and brazilian people have to respect him more#lfc
— Makes (@MauWhitfield) May 15, 2018
“Firmino is the most complete striker in England” – Thierry Henry.
Roberto Firmino finally getting the credit he deserves. Such an integral part of our system and he has had an incredible season.
Truly irreplaceable and I hope he plays for #LFC until he retires.
— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) May 13, 2018