Ex-midfielder reacts to Roberto Firmino’s display for Liverpool v Tottenham

David Thompson heaps praise on Roberto Firmino after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham at Anfield

David Thompson singled out Roberto Firmino for special praise for his performance in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Reds returned to winning ways in the top flight in style after a miserable start to the new year under Jurgen Klopp.

Sadio Mane scored twice in two first-half minutes to send the Reds on their way to victory.

Spurs had no reply to Liverpool’s blistering start to the game as the Lilywhites lost ground in the race for the Premier League title.

However, former Liverpool midfielder Thompson was particularly impressed by Firmino’s performance on Merseyside on Saturday night as he likened his style to former Reds star Ian Rush.

Speaking to BBC Sport during the game, Thompson said: “Roberto Firmino has worked so hard today, tracking back and closing people down then bursting forward.

“Ian Rush invented that, I think. I wonder if the Great Man’s been down at Melwood passing on some tips…”

Liverpool will now turn their attentions towards their crunch clash against Leicester at the King Power Stadium later this month before their showdown with Arsenal at Anfield.

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