The first player to have a hand in four first-half goals for Liverpool. The third player to have a hand in five goals in a single Premier League game.
On an afternoon where everyone draped in Liverpool red shone, Roberto Firmino was without question the standout performer, stealing the show with two goals and three assists in Saturday’s 9-0 mauling of Bournemouth.
Jurgen Klopp credits Firmino extensively for helping embed the brand of football which has been the foundation of his successful tenure on Merseyside. Some have suggested the Brazilian’s powers are waning, but this was a timely reminder of the influence he could have on shaping this latest Liverpool team.
When things are not clicking for Liverpool, Firmino is often the fall guy, as was the case in Monday’s defeat at Old Trafford, but when they are he is the beating heart of Klopp’s machine. The Reds are finally in motion after failing to win any of their opening three games, the Premier League has been warned.
It’s hard to look past anyone else for the man-of-the-match award from Saturday’s game. In 19 second-half minutes, he finally introduced himself to the Etihad crowd in the perfect way.
All three goals were expertly taken and showed off different attributes of his game. The first his ability in the air and need for good service. The second on instinct of positioning while the third was pure physical ability to give Ward zero chance of stopping Haaland’s finish.