Thierry Henry tips Roberto Firmino to emulate Luis Suarez

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Liverpool somehow salvaged a win over Crystal Palace on Sunday evening despite going down to 10 men while losing 1-0.

The win was sealed by a controversial penalty both won and converted by Christian Benteke. Alan Pardew was convinced the Belgian had dived and the debate has raged on ever since.

But while the world focussed on whether Benteke took a tumble or not, Roberto Firmino's performance was quietly celebrated by the Sky Sports pundits. The Brazilian scored the equalising goal for Jurgen Klopp's men and instigated an unlikely comeback.

Having initially struggled to justify his £29m transfer fee, Firmino has moved into overdrive and is currently the leading creative force in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

With seven goals and four assists, no one has been involved in more goals than the 24-year-old in 2016. That puts him ahead of much-praised stars like Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa but few are talking about Firmino.

Compared to Suarez

However, that all changed on Sunday night, when Thierry Henry compared the former Hoffenheim star to none other than Luis Suarez. Yes, the Uruguayan is now the thing of legend at Anfield after he single-handedly drove them to within a whisker of the Premier League title in 2014.

Since then, the Reds have regressed significantly and have spent over £100m and changed their manager in an attempt to recreate that success. While the likes of Mario Balotelli and Benteke have failed to fill the gap, Henry believes Firmino could one day grow to be just as important as Suarez once was.

Henry explained: “I will give him the benefit of the doubt because he has just arrived and he needs to settle. Things changed during the season and it isn’t always easy. He is starting to show some signs that he can be that guy.

“Is he Luis Suarez? At the moment he isn’t Suarez. But he might be in the future. Is he the guy who is going to make Liverpool win a title? I don’t know. “He is doing extremely well. If he can build a partnership with [Philippe] Coutinho, who knows?”

You can watch the full analysis below, or skip to 9:00 to see Henry's analysis of Firmino.

A huge problem

While Firmino certainly deserves praise for his performances, his goal against Crystal Palace highlighted a serious problem that Klopp will need to address in the summer.

With eight goals in all competitions, Firmino became the club's top scorer across all competitions for the season, joint with Christian Benteke.

It is an incredible statistic when you remember that, two seasons ago, the club had both the first and second best strikers in the Premier League (Suarez and Daniel Sturridge).

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