Despite his clear natural ability, Roberto Firmino remains criminally underrated by others

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By James Miller – @JimmyMiller2608

The Premier League provides a home to some of the finest footballers in world football, with Liverpool in particular proving a popular destination.

One of those excellent players is Roberto Firmino. He is one of the most technically gifted footballers in world football, right now, but why does he rarely receive the plaudits he deserves?

His tireless work rate and positive demeanour on the pitch could potentially play a part, as he often opts to put his teammates before himself. The astonishing rise of wide men Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah has seen them quickly earn their praise by admirers of football across the world. Often the provider to these two, Firmino’s impressive ability can go unseen.

Following an eye-catching start to the campaign from Jürgen Klopp’s No.9, the spotlight finally appears to have been shared between the trio of superstars Liverpool have on display up top.

During what was a mesmeric display across various departments against Arsenal, former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville – a vocal critic of everything to do with Liverpool Football Club – described the Reds’ front three all as “£150 million” players in their own right, on Sky Sports.

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To the naked eye, both Salah and Mané would appear the better players. The duo are both naturally equipped in front of goal and in addition blessed with blistering pace, alongside superb close control. Although, observing on a regular basis, it is quite evident that the Brazilian is not far behind the pair in terms of ability as a footballer.

A player with one of the most unique footballing brains, Firmino’s incredible attributes vary across several different factors of the game. He can drop deep and fill in comfortably to help out his midfield, while still possessing enough energy to burst forward and free up play for his partners.

In comparison to most attacking players in the Premier League, the goal return may not be described as prolific. Having said that, he certainly makes up for it with his general play.

Originally a classic ‘No.10’, since the arrival of Klopp he has moulded himself into a more advanced forward role. He is the focal point possibly the most dangerous front line in Europe – what he brings is invaluable.

Not only does he offer attacking prowess and an eye for goal, his vision is first-class. It is almost as if he senses a pass before it is available. He allows others around him to thrive due to his sheer perseverance and knowledge of the game.

Last season in total, Firmino contributed to a combined 18 Premier League goals as Liverpool agonisingly missed out on the Premier League title. This term, both the Reds and Firmino will be hoping to go a step further, and add to the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup trophies won in recent months.

Just four games in so far, he already has two goals and two assists to his name in the league. If he can improve slightly on his total contributions in front of goal this season, surely people will finally have to sit and take note.

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