7 Nov 2016

Shearer insists: Forget Coutinho/Mane. 'Excellent' €38m Liverpool star was an 'absolute nightmare' for Watford

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has hailed Roberto Firmino's impressive performance against Watford.

Coutinho and Mane stole the headlines after Liverpool thrashed Watford 6-1, but according to Shearer, Firmino was the Reds' man of the match. He told the BBC:

"We've could have highlighted Coutinho, Mane...but [Firmino's] play was excellent. He held it up, he was quick, he wanted a run in behind, he linked up play. Everything you want from your centre forward. He was an absolute nightmare for Watford".

Like Coutinho, Firmino has 12 goals/assists in 12 games so far this season, and the Brazilian's excellent form is the main reason Daniel Sturridge is currently stuck on the sidelines.

I'm a huge fan of Sturridge, but it's hard to argue against Firmino being Liverpool's starting centre-forward right now.

That said, if Klopp showed the same faith in Sturridge that he does in Firmino; played him regularly, and gave him the confidence he needs to perform, I have absolutely no doubt that the Sturridge would be scoring more goals than the Brazilian.

On a slightly related note: the less said about this fiasco, the better:

Urgh. Can you imagine Graeme Souness or Steven Gerrard decked out like this? What a state.

* Firmino: €38m-rated (CIES Football Observatory)


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