Roberto Firmino back among the goals and brimming with confidence

Roberto Firmino seems to have returned his scintillating best, adding to his late winner against Spurs with a further two goals at Selhurst Park. SCOTT MASON analyses the Brazilian’s stunning display.

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Liverpool sent a reminder to the rest of the Premier League of their title credentials as they put seven past Crystal Palace. Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mané, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all got on the scoresheet, with the latter pair grabbing a brace each.

The Reds’ performance was rampant, relentless and ruthless, scoring seven goals from eight shots on target. It was the No.9 Firmino, with two goals and an assist, who stood above the rest and rightfully received the man of the match award for his contributions. 


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The 29-year-old’s first involvement of the game was his accurate assist into the feet of Mané on the edge of the box. With the ball pinballing around the area, the Brazilian was composed enough to control and play a pin-point pass into the Senegalese international. Sadio finished the move perfectly, opening up the space to shoot with an excellent turn before dispatching the ball into the bottom left corner with 35 minutes played. 

The forward then got a fully deserved goal of his own, after starting a counter attack at thee edge of his own area, he found Andrew Robertson on the wing before the Scottish international returned the favour, crossing the ball back to the Brazilian who, after a superb touch, was able to control the ball and flick it beyond Vicente Guaita to make it 3-0 before half-time. 

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The former Hoffenheim forward was in imperious form and got his second in the 68th minute. After an excellent show of vision from Salah, the Brazil international picked up the ball and delightfully chipped the on-rushing Guaita to end the contest completely. 

The forward also effectively attended to his defensive duties winning three tackles, completing an interception and making one clearance to round off his outstanding performance. 

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After his late winner against Spurs and now with his brace against Crystal Palace, the spearhead of the Premier League champions attack has rediscovered his goal scoring form. 

Next up for Roberto Firmino and Liverpool is West Brom on December 27, when new Baggies manager Sam Allardyce will look to kick-start his side’s escape from the relegation zone.


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