Jason McAteer names Liverpool FC’s most important player

Former Liverpool FC star Jason McAteer names the Reds' most important player

Roberto Firmino (Photo: Adidas)
Roberto Firmino (Photo: Adidas)

Jason McAteer believes that Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player in spite of Sadio Mane’s clinical form.

The Senegal international has been ruthless in front of goal over the past month or so, netting five times in eight games.

Mane’s goals have helped Liverpool FC to lead the pack in the title race after eight round of Premier League fixtures.

Firmino has produced some moments of magic and the Brazilian has netted a respectable three goals in the top flight.

The former Hoffenheim forward has also made three assists for his team-mates, including two in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United last month.

Ex-Liverpool FC midfielder McAteer believes Firmino is still Jurgen Klopp’s key player despite the goals that Mane and Mohamed Salah score.

“The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino,” McAteer told the Racing Post. “Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward.

“I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.

“Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him.

“He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.”

Liverpool FC were 4-3 winners against Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Mane broke the deadlock against the Austrian outfit before Salah netted a second-half winner for the title holders.

Liverpool FC will face a tough assignment on their return to Premier League action after the international break.

The Reds will take on bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford before a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

Klopp’s side are looking to win the Premier League title this term.

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