Thierry Henry claims Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker

Roberto Firmino is the most complete striker in England, according to Thierry Henry. (PA Wire)Thierry Henry claims Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker ahead of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

The Brazil international has spearheaded Liverpool’s attack this season and has scored 26 goals in all competitions with the Champions League final still to play.

Mohamed Salah has received the majority of the plaudits for his impressive debut season at Anfield, but Henry believes his Liverpool teammate should also be held in high regard.

‘His movement, his work-rate, the way he makes the two central defenders move to allow Mo Salah to make those runs,’ Henry told Sky Sports.

‘Firmino is the most complete striker in the league.

Firmino has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. (EPA)

PREMIER LEAGUE TOP SCORERS 2017-18

1. Mohamed Salah | 32 goals

2. Harry Kane | 30 goals

3. Sergio Aguero | 21 goals

4. Jamie Vardy | 20 goals

5. Raheem Sterling | 18 goals

6. Romelu Lukaku | 16 goals

7. Roberto Firmino | 15 goals

8. Alexandre Lacazette | 14 goals

‘I’m not talking about the best finisher or the best work rate, I’m talking about all round.

‘The most complete in the league.’

Firmino has also been named in Brazil’s 23-man squad for their World Cup campaign this summer.

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Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane break Champions League record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have made Champions League history. (Giuseppe Maffia/UK Sports Pics)Liverpool have reached the Champions League final while Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to become the competition’s highest-scoring trio in history.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 4-2 by Roma on Wednesday evening but have progressed to the final against Real Madrid with a 7-6 aggregate victory.

Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool in the ninth minute and the Senegal international’s goal secured his place in the Champions League record books.

Real Madrid’s attacking trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema scored 28 goals between them in the 2013-14 Champions League season.

But Liverpool’s trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino have overtaken that this term by scoring 29 goals between them so far, including the qualifying stages.

Sadio Mane scored the opener against Rome. (EPA)

Mane, Firmino and Salah have scored 29 goals in the Champions League this season. (Getty Images)

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 28 Champions League goals in 2013-14. (Getty Images)

BEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TRIOS

Salah-Firmino-Mane | Liverpool 2017-18 | Goals: 29Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema | Real Madrid 2013-14 | Goals: 28Messi-Neymar-Suarez | Barcelona 2014 -15 | Goals: 27 

Liverpool’s trio now have the chance to extend their record even further by scoring against Madrid in Kiev later this month.

Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez did come close to breaking the record held by Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema by scoring 27 goals in the 2014-15 season.

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Jamie Carragher hails Roberto Firmino as the ‘most important player’ at Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino (Picture: EPA)Jamie Carragher has hailed Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s ‘most important player’.

The Brazil forward is enjoying another superb season at Anfield with his 27 goals helping the Reds progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Firmino recently put pen to paper on a new five-year deal worth £180,000-a-week, but his performances have often been overshadowed by the sensational Mohamed Salah.

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In his debut season at Liverpool, the Egyptian has scored over 40 goals, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and leading the Golden Boot race.

Despite Salah’s heroics, Carragher says it is Firmino who is Jurgen Klopp’s most influential player as he sets the tone for the rest of the team.

‘I love Firmino, he’s probably my favourite player,’ Carragher told Goal. ‘What Salah is doing is “wow” but I love watching Firmino play.

Carragher is a huge admirer of Brazil international Firmino (Picture: Getty)‘His touch, the way he links the play, his strength, his working back. And I can’t believe that some people still say we need a centre-forward!

‘I hear pundits on TV saying it and it’s like, “Oh my god!” He’s got 27 goals! And he’s not just a penalty-box striker. He doesn’t take loads of penalties.

‘It’s because of Messi, Ronaldo, Salah now. They’ve changed the way people look at strikers and their numbers. But that’s not normal, what they’re doing!

‘If you’ve got an attacking player getting 25 goals, and doing everything Firmino does besides, then you’ve got a great player.

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‘I think he’s arguably Klopp’s most important player, for how we press, what we do. He’s just brilliant.’

Carragher, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool in almost two decades at the club, also heaped praise on Klopp ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Roma.

Klopp inspired an impressive 5-2 victory over the Italians in the first leg at Anfield and Carragher insists he is a ‘special manager’.

‘He gets pigeon-holed. He’s seen as a motivator, he whips the crowd up and the players run round like headless chickens for him. It’s a load of nonsense,’ the former England star added.

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‘You don’t manage at that level, with different clubs, and get the performances he gets, without being a special manager.

‘Of course a big part of it is his character, his enthusiasm. You’d imagine the players love him, and that is rare. You may respect your manager, but I think these players respect him and they love him.’

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Jose Mourinho ‘would want’ Liverpool star Roberto Firmino, says Gary Neville

Roberto Firmino makes Gary Neville’s team of the year (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville believes Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was unfairly overlooked in the PFA team of the year and says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would love a striker of his quality.

The Brazilian has scored 27 goals in 48 appearances for the Reds this season but Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero was picked ahead of him.

However, Gary Neville made four changes to the official team of the year and brought in Andy Robertson, Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Firmino for Marcos Alonso, Nicolas Otamendi, Christian Eriksen and Aguero.

And Neville believes Firmino would walk into most starting XIs in the world, including his former side.

Firmino signed a five-year deal this week (Picture: Liverpool)‘When I watch Liverpool, he’s the catalyst for everything they do,’ Neville told MNF.

‘I think if you were Guardiola, you would want him as your striker.

‘If you were Mourinho – you’d want him. If you were Real Madrid, Barcelona – you’d want him.’

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United were heavily linked with Firmino when he was with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim but the Brazilian joined Liverpool in 2015 for £32m.

Liverpool take on Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Italy on Wednesday where the Reds hold a 5-2 advantage from the first leg at Anfield.

Firmino is expected to start despite playing 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Stoke on Saturday.

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Roberto Firmino confirms new Liverpool deal with trademark ‘no-look’ celebration

Roberto Firmino has scored 27 goals for Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)Roberto Firmino has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing a new contract at Anfield, the club have confirmed.

The Brazilian forward, who joined Liverpool in 2015 from Hoffenheim, has scored 27 goals in 53 appearances this season.

‘It was an easy decision,’ Firmino said. ‘The club have taken me in in an incredible way and I’ve grown a lot here with my work with the support of the whole team.

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‘I am very, very happy here. Everything fits in the best possible way. My teammates are fantastic and I am very grateful to be able to play with them at this club.

‘I love playing for Liverpool FC. The fans are excellent and fantastic in how they support us all the way. They support us throughout the games and the work they do during the match is beautiful.’

Firmino has always been a consistent performer for Liverpool but is enjoying his most prolific campaign this term, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach the Champions League semi-finals.

After tying Firmino down to a new deal, Liverpool now hope to secure Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on new long-term contracts.

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‘We all know how big Liverpool Football Club is,’ Firmino added. ‘It is a club with a lot of tradition.

‘I hope to continue with the whole team going forward, dreaming aloud and aiming very high. Hopefully we will be able to win titles, that’s the most important thing for us.’

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Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will not be rested against Stoke City, claims Jurgen Klopp

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are set to play against Stoke City. (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp insists he has no plans to rest Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for Liverpool’s clash with Stoke City on Saturday.

Klopp’s side head into the fixture off the back of a 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool will travel to Rome for the return leg next Wednesday, and Klopp was expected to rotate some his key players in order to avoid injuries.

But the 50-year-old is adamant that he will play a strong team as he is keen to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

‘We have a very difficult situation as well,’ said Klopp.

Salah will not be getting a rest against Stoke. (AFP/Getty Images)More: Football

‘Everybody is expecting: ‘resting him, leave him out’.

‘In the end no one can guarantee you [anything], players can be injured in training, they can get ill overnight, there’s no guarantees.

Sadio Mane is a doubt for the match against Stoke. (Getty Images )‘As long as we are fit, we have to use the boys, we have to play them, because we respect Stoke, we respect the competition and we have really big targets, goals and ambitions.

‘We have a few little things from the [Roma] game. My idea for the lineup is to win the game. It’s not about resting players.’

Sadio Mane is a doubt for the match against Stoke at Anfield but Klopp has not completely ruled out the Senegal international.

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Why Roberto Firmino is benched for Liverpool’s clash with West Brom

Roberto Firmino is on the bench for Liverpool’s clash with West Brom. (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino is being rested for Liverpool’s clash with West Brom.

The Brazilian has been a key part of Liverpool’s attack this season but has been replaced by Danny Ings for Saturday’s fixture at The Hawthorns.

Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also drop to the bench following the 3-0 win at home to Bournemouth last Saturday.

Asked if his team selection was influenced by the fact that Liverpool face Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, Klopp said: ‘Not really but the intensity of the last few weeks and the players we have available.

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‘We have now Alberto [Moreno], we have Ragnar [Klavan], we have [Danny] Ings, and that already help us a lot of course

‘That’s what we did during the season when we could do it, we changed the team from time to time

‘We rotated a little bit and brought in really fresh legs, okay we had a normal week, but still at the beginning of the week one or two players had a few issues.

‘That was pretty early in the week that I wanted to choose that line-up.’

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Jurgen Klopp rotates Liverpool side for West Brom clash with Roberto Firmino rested

The Brazilian is on the bench with Tuesday’s tie against Roma in mind (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has once again rung the changes for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against West Brom, with Roberto Firmino notably among the players rested.

The Merseysiders have a Champions League semi-final against Roma to prepare for on Tuesday, and Klopp has named a strong line-up while also shuffling his pack.

With Firmino only on the bench, Danny Ings is picked to lead the line though there is still significant firepower either side of him in the form of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

There’s one change in midfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given a rest, while the defence has been heavily changed.

Joe Gomez returns from injury to start at right-back, Alberto Moreno replaces Andrew Robertson on the opposite flank and Ragnar Klavan partners Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.

West Brom, meanwhile, have named an unchanged XI from the side that stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Jay Rodriguez, scorer of the winning goal last Sunday, continues up front alongside Solomon Rondon as the Baggies continue their increasingly doomed fight for Premier League survival.

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Jurgen Klopp reveals Roberto Firmino injury ahead of Bournemouth clash

Roberto Firmino has struggled with a neck injury this week. (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Roberto Firmino has been suffering from a neck injury ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Brazilian was substituted in the final stages of Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Tuesday evening after scoring the winning goal which sealed the club’s place in the Champions League semi-final.

Firmino has been a key part of Liverpool’s attack this season with 23 goals in all competitions so far.

But despite suffering from a neck injury this week, Klopp believes the 26-year-old will be fit to face Bournemouth at Anfield.

‘Bobby had a little [issue] with his neck but should be OK, I think,’ Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

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Klopp also revealed that Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne are major doubts to be fit for the match against Bournemouth.

‘It’s quite difficult at the moment, we must wait pretty much [every] five minutes for some news,’ said the Liverpool manager..

‘At the moment it looks OK.

‘Unfortunately, I think, not 100 per cent sure, that Raggy felt a little bit [something] muscle-wise.

‘And Clyney [is], probably, out. [He felt an injury] in training the day after the game.

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Mohamed Salah OUT as Jurgen Klopp heavily rotates Liverpool side vs Everton

The Egyptian has not been risked against the Toffees in the Merseyside derby (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah misses Liverpool’s trip to Goodison Park on Saturday to face Everton in the Merseyside derby, while Jurgen Klopp has made a host of other changes.

The Egyptian hobbled off against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night holding his groin, though Klopp had been optimistic that it was only a short-term injury.

He was coy on whether Salah had recovered at his pre-match press conference, though, after the winger was not spotted at the team hotel, his absence has now been confirmed.

Salah limped off against Man City and was later spotted in an Oxygen tank recovering (Picture: EPA)Although Salah misses out against Everton, he is still thought to be in contention to take on Man City in the second leg of their European quarter final on Tuesday.

Despite Salah’s absence, Klopp has not been put off from ringing the changes with that tie against the Premier League leaders in mind.

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Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson are the star names that are all benched against Everton, with the likes of Ragnar Klavan, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke coming into the side instead.

Everton, meanwhile, have named a virtually full strength team as they look to win a first Merseyside derby in 17 attempts and finally win back bragging rights.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, is not expected to take the same approach as Klopp later on Saturday evening.

The league leaders host fierce rivals Manchester United in the late kick-off and can claim the Premier League title if they win, with Guardiola expected to name as strong a side as possible.

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