Liverpool have become an effective winning unit amidst their unbeaten start to the league season, and winning run from last season which stands at 15 games. That invincibility, however, has developed an innate nature of winning games without playing at their best.
Jürgen Klopp’s charges currently stand five points above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and their ruthlessness has been epitomised by the red-hot form of striker Roberto Firmino this season.

Firmino’s goal scoring has come to the fore this season. Image Credit: AFP or Licensors 


The eccentric Brazilian is a firm favourite with The Kop, and his increased potency in front of goal –which recently yielded his 50th premier league goal, the first Brazilian to do so- has been markedly evident with a striker who famously works to create space for his fellow attackers rather than crave the back of the net.

Bobby has notched three goals and three assists from five Premier League starts; he leads the assists chart in the Liverpool squad and is only one behind Mo Salah and Sadio Mané for goals scored.
Meanwhile, Firmino works tirelessly as ever, and has an increased creative influence having supplied five big chances in six games (already three short of the whole of last season). He is also taking more chances for himself with 21 shots so far, behind only Sergio Aguero in the league on 25.

The Brazilian is in excellent form for Liverpool. Image Credit: Getty Images

Firmino’s shooting ratio has gone up to 3.8 per game from 2.2 last season in what seems a conscious effort to affect games by himself. Bobby is quite simply embracing the they don’t go in if you don’t hit them approach.

Alongside his tireless work rate, link up play and excellent movement to create space for Salah and Mané; a consistent supply of goals from their number nine could prove the difference Liverpool need to surmount City in the title race.
The ChampionsLeague holders came just short last year by drawing one-too-many games; Firmino’s mean streak coming at a time when Salah and Mané are also at their imperious best bodes well for Liverpool’s title charge.

The confidence oozing from a squad that can’t stop winning starks in contrast to Citywho are light in defence.
Firmino’s work ethic and technical quality in the build-up makes him the Premier League’s most complete striker. His added ruthlessness in front of goal as Liverpool chase a first title since 1990 could endear the number nine further into Liverpool folklore.

Bobby is embracing the spirit of his iconic shirt number. Image Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amidst all the stardust and no-look flicks, Liverpool’s engine room is quietly inspiring Jürgen Klopp’s army. It is beautiful to see.


Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin

Chief Editor of the Football Castle, Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin is a football junkie and writer of the beautiful game.

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