Roberto Firmino's brief spell at right back for Liverpool vs Crystal Palace shows his true worth

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Liverpool are still rolling along rather nicely on paper, but it recent games it has been far from straight forward to get the all important three points.

Mohamed Salah's penalty was enough to secure the Reds a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton last weekend and Jurgen Klopp had to bite his nails through a seven-goal thriller this week as Liverpool edged Crystal Palace 4-3.

Goals from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Max Meyer certainly put Liverpool's reliable defence under question, but luckily the Reds attack was in full flow.

Klopp's side suffered a few setbacks during the game against the Eagles, with inform central midfielder Fabinho being forced to leave the field injured and James Milner's sending off five minutes before the end.

However, one Liverpool player in particular did all he good to prevent these absences being noticed on the pitch.

Roberto Firmino - who started the game as a false nine - showed not only his versatility but his selfless nature as he changed positions twice in the last five minutes.

Initially, the Brazilian covered Fabinho's position as protection in front of the back four after the fromer Monaco player limped off.

Firmino then proceeded to move further back to cover Milner's position after his early bath left a huge gap on the right hand side.

With the existing injuries to Trent Alexander Arnold and Joe Gomez as well as Nathaniel Clyne now being out on-loan at Bournemouth, it was Firmino's turn to step up.


Liverpool fans were quick to praise Firmino on Twitter about his underrated work rate and adaptability, questioning if there is anything that the Liverpool forward can't do.

Despite the heroics of the 27-year-old, it is concerning for Liverpool, that in there next league fixture against Leicester they will only have Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson as their fit defensive-minded senior players.

We will just have to wait and see where Firmino plays this time.

Fabinho Henrique Tavares
Roberto Firmino
James Milner

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