Roberto Firmino didn’t score, but after an at times shaky first half he settled himself down at the half and turned in a man of the match performance in the second with his three assists powering Liverpool to their eventual 4-0 victory over Southampton.
It’s the sort of hard-working, unselfish performance he has become known for. The sort of performance that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves in the wider world but that is most certainly noticed by his teammates, who were lining up to sing his praises.
“It becomes a little bit normal when you play with that guy,” said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who got the game’s opener from a Firmino set-up, when asked about the role Liverpool’s number nine played in the Reds’ second half surge past Southampton.
“That’s the way he plays and he does those magnificent things all the time. I love him, I absolutely love him. He’s such a joy to play with and to feed off. He’s always looking for others, he works for the team and his skills speak for themselves.”
Before setting up Mohamed Salah in the 90th minute for the game’s exclamation point, Firmino also provided the past for goal number two, a rare marker from captain Jordan Henderson and another example of Firmino’s vision and unselfishness.
“Some of the stuff he does is madness really,” Henderson said. “But he’s another outstanding player for us and it was another big performance from him, especially in the second half, [but] everyone put in a really good performance.”
A really good performance and now, for Firmino and the rest of his teammates, a well earned break with the players being given a week’s holidays thanks to an EPL mandated mid-season break. Their next game will be on February 15th at Norwich.