Commentating on Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City, Jamie Carragher made an interesting point about Roberto Firmino.
The 26-year-old Brazilian forward scored a brace at Anfield on Tuesday evening, including one of his trademark no-look finishes.
Firmino has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and Jurgen Klopp was keen to heap praise on his frontman after the 5-0 win.
“Roberto [Firmino], I appreciate always his effort and his performance,” Klopp told reporters. “That he scores twice, I’m happy about that but I could not say how many goals he has scored so far in the season because I feel he is always involved, he is always in and around the really dangerous situations for the opponent.
“First half he helped left full-back to right full-back, he was everywhere. In the end he scored two goals, so that’s nice.”
Kane recorded back-to-back hat-tricks earlier on Tuesday with three goals in a 5-2 win over Southampton at Wembley.
CARRAGHER COMPARES FIRMINO TO KANE
The Tottenham striker thus broke Alan Shearer’s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, as well as finishing 2017 as Europe’s top goalscorer ahead of Leo Messi with 56 goals for club and country.
Now a highly respected pundit for Sky Sports, Carragher waxed lyrical about Firmino and compared him to the Premier League’s current leading goalscorer.
“The great thing about Firmino now is that he is actually scoring more goals this season,” said Carragher on Sky Sports. “He’s a lot more productive.
“Fifteen (goals) halfway through a season. If he can get close to 30, or 25-plus, I don’t think you can complain with your main centre forward.
“We mentioned Harry Kane at half time. Is he as ruthless as him in front of goal? No. But he may even be almost as important to Liverpool as Harry Kane is to Spurs for the work he does off the ball. Don’t forget his role in the first goal.”
Spurs are more obviously reliant on Kane’s goals but many Liverpool fans believe the likes of Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho would not fare so well without Firmino in the line-up.
Firmino scored in the thrilling 3-3 draw away at Arsenal in Liverpool’s last outing and Carragher believes the Brazilian forward is one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet.
“He was outstanding on Friday at the Emirates,” added Carragher.
“For all of the talent in this Liverpool team, especially with (Philippe) Coutinho, I still believe Firmino is one of the first names on the team sheet.”