Michael Owen reacts to Roberto Firmino’s goal in Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea
Michael Owen speaks in glowing terms about Roberto Firmino's half volley in Liverpool's 3-2 loss to Swansea
Michael Owen hailed Roberto Firmino’s second goal as “out of this world” as Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea City in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Liverpool failed to make the breakthrough in the first half despite dominating possession against the Premier League strugglers at Anfield.
However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock early in the first half after Fernando Llorente finished from close range after Liverpool failed to clear a corner.
The Spanish striker doubled the away side’s lead with a powerful header before Roberto Firmino halved the deficit with a header of his own from James Milner’s cross.
The Brazil international scored the goal of the game to cushion Goerginio Wijnaldum’s cross before the South American volleyed past Lukasz Fabianski with 20 minutes remaining.
Liverpool appeared favourites to score the winner with Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge on the pitch but Gylfi Sigurdsson netted a winner on the counter-attack to leave the Merseyside outfit’s title hopes in doubt.
Speaking after Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea, Owen singled out Firmino for special praise after his stunning volley.
“You see goals where someone hits it from 30 yards and people say it is a great goal but anybody can hit the ball [like that],” Owen told BT Sport.
“Not many people can bring the ball down in one movement and let it bounce before timing a finish with accuracy. It was out of this world that finish.”
Liverpool will host Chelsea in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Tuesday 31 January.