Jamie Redknapp has lavished praise on Roberto Firmino after his performance in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.
The Brazil international proved a thorn in the side of the Tottenham centre-halves as Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen struggled against Firmino.
Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock in the first half with a header before Firmino doubled the visitors’ advantage in the second half.
However, the South American’s afternoon was cut short after Firmino was inadverently caught in the eye following a clash with Vertonghen.
The 26-year-old produced career best figures last term following a return of 27 goals in 54 games in all competitions in the 2017-18 season.
Liverpool FC will welcome Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Former Reds skipper Redknapp believes Firmino is a vital component of the Liverpool FC team under Jurgen Klopp.
“The Liverpool forward may not have scored a hat-trick like Eden Hazard, but he was Tottenham’s worst nightmare at Wembley,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.
“He was constantly harrying Spurs midfielders and giving them no time on the ball. On Sky Sports, I likened his performance to a hyena: always snarling, full of energy and ready to bite.
“Time and again at Wembley he pickpocketed Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele to launch counter-attacks.
“With Spurs’ full backs committed up the pitch, Liverpool were able to break into space at high speed. Firmino’s workrate is infectious. He makes Mo Salah and Sadio Mane work even harder off the ball.
“Liverpool will be relieved that he is OK after Jan Vertonghen scratched his eye. Firmino is the ultimate team player who sets the tempo for Jurgen Klopp’s side.”
Liverpool FC haven’t won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
The Reds signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer transfer window.
Liverpool FC are sitting level on points with leaders Chelsea FC after five games.
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