Jurgen Klopp hasn’t failed to hide his admiration for Roberto Firmino this season.
The Brazilian has enjoyed a tremendous season for Liverpool, scoring 21 goals in all competitions but earning plaudits from Klopp for his attitude and work rate.
“I don't think that it's possible that somebody could get more credit, compliments, praise, whatever you want to say as Roberto gets from us,” Klopp said in January.
“You see him in training and think 'what a work ethic, what an attitude', and he brings it on the pitch as well.
“He never rests. You have to pull him out, you have to tell him 'come on, stop, sit here, calm.’”
He sounds like a manager’s dream.
Firmino's work rate is exceptional
Any attacker willing to contribute as much to the defence as Firmino does will be well respected by his peers and according to Klopp, most Liverpool players would select the 26-year-old if asked to build a team around a teammate.
You can go on YouTube and find dozens of videos of Firmino’s best skills and goals, complete with his famous kung-fu kick celebration, but one doing the rounds on Twitter shows the less glamorous job he carries out for Liverpool.
Created by Distance Covered, the video highlights some instances whereby Firmino forces the opposition to relinquish possession, either by forcing them into a mistake or by hurrying them into getting rid of the ball, by constantly applying pressure.
Watch: Firmino pressing opposition into errors
The footage is taken from Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Southampton last month but there are countless instances of Firmino applying Klopp’s ‘Gegenpressing’ methods to perfection.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Bobby fits the team so well
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke about Firmino’s pressing from the front this week, saying the Brazil international is “one of the best” when it comes to winning the ball back.
“Bobby is such a quality striker, especially in our team – he fits the team so well,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s website.
“Bobby is one of the best I’ve seen at winning the ball back from the front; he presses people from their blind side and they don’t know he’s coming and he wins it back.”
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