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Roberto Firmino firmly announces his arrival in destruction of Manchester City

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Another weekend of Premier League football, another set of surprising outcomes, with Liverpool's 4-1 hammering of Manchester City the most unexpected of the lot.

And let's face it, the scoreline could easily have been a whole lot worse for City. It was like watching the 2013/14 vintage when Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard were in full flow.

Even though the Citizens will likely finish ahead of the Reds come the end of the season, the result was a bit of revenge for Liverpool fans outraged by Sterling's acrimonious departure from the club.

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The result was not the only aspect that was a shock to the system, with summer signing Roberto Firmino also impressing greatly. He has shown flashes of his talent this season, but against City he was absolutely top-drawer.

Where he impressed most on Saturday was when the ball was up in the air. One thought that it would bounce off him as it so often does in highly charged games like this one, but this was far from the case.

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The ball either stuck to him like glue or he played a game of keepie uppie until he was ready to knock it on to a team-mate, which he invariably did. All this while often finding himself in tight spaces surrounded by sky blue jerseys.

It was reminiscent of beach football, as if he were back playing on the golden sands in his native Brazil.

As for Liverpool as a whole, it was a near-perfect performance. Coming out on top is what matters most, but if you had to choose a way to win then the demolition of Manuel Pellegrini's side would be close to it.

All the flicks; the back heels; the actions that one should only use in the most necessary of positions and circumstances came off - and it all made for entertaining viewing.  

It was the first showing like it from Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, and whilst it's still very early days, if Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Manchester United continually flatter to deceive then you never know.

A performance like Firmino's against City, meanwhile, was that of someone whose deft touches and control of the ball puts them a level above your average Premier League player, carrying that extra bit of class and fluency that separates them from most.

To be considered a part of that group of players, he has perform to such a level consistently. The same applies to the Liverpool team as a whole, but it looks promising. 

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