Roberto Firmino scores outrageous no-look goal as Liverpool destroy West Ham

Robert Firmino scored Liverpool’s third goal against West Ham (Picture: Getty)Roberto Firmino pulled off another outrageous no-look goal in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over West Ham.

Emre Can opened the scoring for Liverpool with a header in the 29th minute before Mohamed Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane secured three points for the Merseyside giants.

Michail Antonio scored West Ham’s only goal in the 59th minute but it was too little too late for David Moyes’ men.

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The pick of the goals was arguably Firmino’s goal as he once again brought out the no-look finish which he has made his own in recent months.

Cheeky as you like…

Jurgen Klopp handed Firmino a break as Liverpool’s squad departed for a training camp in Marbella last week.

Speaking about Firmino ahead of the clash with West Ham, Klopp said: ‘Roberto is a pure footballer, he wants to play and he wants to work.

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‘For one session in Marbella I took him out and said ‘thank you’ because he doesn’t rest so I have to do it for him.

‘Some players feel a bit less good and slow down but he can’t do that.

‘I think he feels best when he is on the pitch and hopefully it stays like this.’

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Roberto Firmino speaks out after FA clear Liverpool forward of racially abusing Mason Holgate

Roberto Firmino reacted furiously to Mason Holgate pushing him into the crowd (Picture: Reuters)Roberto Firmino has broken his silence after the FA cleared the Liverpool star of racially abusing Mason Holgate.

Holgate and Firmino clashed during the Merseyside derby in January after the Everton defender pushed the Red into the crowd, and the FA subsequently opened an investigation after an allegation of discriminatory conduct.

Firmino has remained silent during the investigation, but after the FA reached their conclusion on Wednesday, the Liverpool forward released his own statement.

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It read: ‘As difficult as it has been to remain publicly silent, given the serious and damaging nature of what it was claimed I said during the game, I did so to demonstrate my respect for the process and to allow the issue to be investigated in the most thorough way.

‘It is critical for football that tackling racism and all forms of discrimination is taken extremely seriously. As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be.

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(Picture: EPA)‘Now the process is concluded, I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media.

‘I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument.

‘There is no place for discrimination on a football pitch, or anywhere else in life for that matter.

FA statement

‘Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino. However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation. We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.’

(Picture: Getty)‘I am pleased after exhaustive reviews of all the evidence, in this specific incident, the matter is resolved.’

Everton have accepted the FA’s findings and reiterated that Holgate made the allegation ‘in absolute good faith’.

Liverpool and Firmino can now move on from the incident with the Reds set to take on West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League.

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Roberto Firmino to face no charge over alleged racial abuse towards Mason Holgate

Mason Holgate claims he was racially abused by Roberto Firmino. (PA Wire)Roberto Firmino will face no action from the Football Association after being accused of racially abusing Mason Holgate.

The incident occurred during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup in January after Firmino was pushed into the crowd by Holgate.

Firmino reacted angrily and ran towards Holgate before he was stopped by referee Bobby Madley, but the Everton defender became irate after the Liverpool attacker had spoken and was restrained by his Everton teammates.

The FA has confirmed that they took statements from 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official but claim that no-one directly heard the words alleged to have been said by the Brazilian.

A statement from the FA read: ‘Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino.

Firmino was pushed into the crowd by Holgate. (AFP/Getty Images)‘However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation.

‘We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.’

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Holgate became irate after Firmino had spoken. (EPA)‘Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.

‘We receive a significant number of complaints of discrimination in any one season and thoroughly investigate all complaints we receive. Following consideration of all of the evidence received, not all cases will result in a charge being issued.’

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Jurgen Klopp explains how Roberto Firmino has benefited from Philippe Coutinho exit

Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Firmino ahead of their tie with Porto (Getty)Roberto Firmino is now getting more recognition at Liverpool following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, believes Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazilian forward is enjoying a fine season having taken his tally to 20 goals in all competitions for the Reds.

It has coincided with the absence of Coutinho, who missed chunks of the first half of the season through injury and was then sold to Barcelona in January.

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Philippe Coutinho is now a Barcelona player (Getty)Liverpool manager Klopp does not believe Coutino’s exit has made Firmino better – but it has seen him come out of his compatriot’s shadow.

‘I don’t think he has stepped up but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. That’s how it is. That is all,’ said Klopp.

‘He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good. I don’t think he’s underrated. Not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. I can imagine a bit because you ask me about it. I have no idea. People with a football brain judge him right. That’s how it is.’

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Liverpool take on Porto tonight in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

The loss of Coutinho might be considered a hindrance to their hopes of success in the competition, but Klopp highlighted the fact the now-Barcelona player was not responsible for Liverpool reaching the knock-out stage.

‘We qualified for the Champions League without Phil, he was not involved in either of the Hoffenheim games [that qualified Liverpool for the group stage]. All the players we have here are fantastic players, it’s about really how we stick to the way we want to play. You have to cause them problems, problems and problems.’

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Roberto Firmino credited with assist of the season for Mohamed Salah goal during Liverpool v Southampton

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah celebrate during Liverpool’s match with Southampton (Reuters)Roberto Firmino has been credited with the assist of the season for his role in Mohamed Salah’s goal against Southampton.

The Liverpool duo combined just before half-time at St Mary’s to score a wonderful goal.

Salah played the ball into Firmino, who flicked the ball through Southampton’s defence with the inside of his heel to return it to his team-mate. Salah then calmly finished past Alex McCarthy to cap off the perfect move.

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Firmino played a one-two with Salah

The touch was perfect

Firmino saw Salah meet his pass and slot the ball into the netSpeaking at half-time, Graeme Souness told Sky Sports: ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.

‘Firmino he’s a cute and clever player.’

Liverpool fans were in awe at Firmino’s touch…

Firmino has just wrapped up assist of the season 👏👏👏👏
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) February 11, 2018

That’s an unbelievable goal. The finish from Salah is great but the backheel assist from Firmino is just outrageous.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 11, 2018

Roberto Firmino with the most beautiful assist you’ll ever see for Salah, there. 29 goals in all competitions for the Egyptian.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 11, 2018

That was bloody beautiful, what a goal. What an assist from Bobby Firmino
— fivetimesclub (@fivetimesclub) February 11, 2018

Utter filth from Firmino. Back heel assist, and Salah scores another one. Oooooooo Mo Salah!
— Kloppist (@LFCVegas) February 11, 2018

The goal made it 2-0 to Liverpool, with Salah having earlier set up Firmino for the opener. That took Firmino’s tally for the season to 20 – his best since 2013/14.

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Jamie Carragher claims underrated Roberto Firmino is responsible for Mohamed Salah’s stellar Liverpool form

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been in sensational form for Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Roberto Firmino remains one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and his form has been central to Mohamed Salah’s sensational goalscoring exploits this season.

The Egypt international has scored 28 times in all competitions following his summer move from Roma and is only one shy of Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Though not as prolific, Firmino, who has 11 goals and five assists to his credit in the league, has made the central striker’s role his own this season by virtue of his selfless style, to the extent that Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t swap him for Kane, according to Carragher.

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‘Firmino has been a revelation this season,’ Carragher told MNF Extra.

‘I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He has always been Liverpool’s number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals.

‘He can actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuff that he brings..

Premier League top scorers 2017/18
Harry Kane22Mohamed Salah21Sergio Aguero17Raheem Sterling14Jamie Vardy12Romelu Lukaku12Roberto Firmino11

Roberto Firmino has scored 11 goals and provided five assists in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)‘Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too. He is very clever with his passing and his movement drags people out of position as well.

‘He comes towards the ball and that opens up the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space between the full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool.

‘That’s why, even without the goals, I don’t think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino.

‘If Harry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of – if not the first – name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball.

‘Klopp appreciates all of the extra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.’.

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Wayne Rooney aims dig at Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane

Wayne Rooney has aimed a dig at Liverpool’s attacking trio. (AFP/Getty Images)Wayne Rooney believes it would be ‘difficult’ for Liverpool‘s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to emulate Manchester United‘s attacking trio which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and himself.

Salah has enjoyed a superb debut season at Anfield and alongside Mane and Firmino the the trio have scored 56 goals so far this term.

Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo, meanwhile, were in sublime form for two seasons at United, helping the club win consecutive Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League in 2008.

‘I think they are very dangerous, Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace,’ Rooney told Sky Sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney were superb for United for two seasons. (Getty Images)‘As good as they are, Salah takes them to the next level.

‘Alex Ferguson used to let us attack how we wanted but if you’re on the wing, you had to track back on the wing. We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.

‘But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him.

‘I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.’

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Firmino and Salah have been in superb form this season. (Getty)But when asked if Liverpool’s front three could ever match United’s, Rooney aimed a dig at the Anfield trio: ‘I think it would be difficult.

‘The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals.

‘We had real quality behind us and the defence was solid.

‘For them three to get to the level we were at, they need that wall behind them.’

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Has Jurgen Klopp let slip which Liverpool striker he rates most highly?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Getty)Managers aren’t supposed to have favourites, but Jurgen Klopp may have let slip which of his strikers he rates most highly.

The Merseysiders have been sensational from an attacking point of view this season having scored the most goals in the Premier League after table-toppers Manchester City.

That owes much to the form of their attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Salah has scored a whopping 19 goals in the Premier League with a further five assists, Firmino has 11 goals and five assists and Sadio Mane has scored six goals with five assists.

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Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino celebrate together (Getty)

Sadio Mane celebrates his recent goal in the 4-3 win over Man City (Getty)Klopp says all three are world class – but in the view of the Liverpool manager only one manages to be so virtually every day.

‘Mo Salah, world class, but not every day,’ Klopp told the Daily Mail. ‘Sadio Mane, world class, but not every day. Roberto Firmino, world class, pretty much every day.’

Does that hint Firmino is Klopp’s favourite?

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What did Firmino say to Holgate? Lip-reader suggests what was said in Liverpool’s win over Everton

Roberto Firmino and Mason Holgate squared up during Liverpool’s win over Everton. (PA Wire)Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of calling him a ‘n****r’ during Liverpool‘s clash with Everton in the FA Cup on Friday, according to a report.

The Football Association is investigating the incident which occurred in the first half of Liverpool’s 2-1 win a Anfield after revealing that referee Bobby Madley was ‘made aware of an allegation’ during the game.

Holgate sparked the row after pushing Firmino into the crowd. The Brazilian reacted angrily and ran towards the defender before he was stopped by Madley.

But Holgate became irate after Firmino had spoken and was retrained by his Everton teammates.

Firmino insulted Holgate in Portuguese. (Reuters)According to the Daily Mirror, who used lip-reader Tim Reedy to review the television footage, Firmino insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but there was no evidence of racial abuse by the Brazilian.

‘Holgate does not compute because Firmino is speaking in Portugese,’ said Reedy.

‘My findings are that Firmino did not use racist language.

‘Instead, he says the words, ‘Es maluco, filho da puta?’, which translates as ‘Are you crazy, you son of a b***h?’.

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Holgate suddenly because irate at Firmino and was restrained by his teammates. (EPA)‘Then Holgate, upon speaking to the referee, thinks that racist language was used and tells the referee, ‘He called me a n****r.’

‘It also appears the referee has no idea what Firmino said. When pushed away by a team-mate, Holgate reiterates that he was called a n****r.’

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Three line-ups that can help Liverpool cope with the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is on his way out of Liverpool (Picture: Getty Credit – Dean Noroozi/Metro.co.uk)Barcelona look set to make Philippe Coutinho’s dreams come true this January, it’s just too bad for Liverpool fans their hearts must break in the process.

Coutinho is on the verge of finally sealing his move to Camp Nou and whether it be in the next month or in the summer, the Reds must prepare for life without their dynamic playmaker.

The Brazilian is the heartbeat of the fabled ‘fab four’ which also includes Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

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For Liverpool, it is an all too familiar scenario. They have lost their most influential players before but have always managed to replace them. Don’t forget, it was Coutinho was stepped into Luis Suarez’s shoes when he was seduced by Barcelona in 2014.

So, how could the Reds line-up without Coutinho? Jurgen Klopp will surely already have a side in mind and there are plenty of options available for the Reds.

Lallana or Oxlade-Chamberlain take on Coutinho’s role

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana (Picture: Getty)With the departure of Coutinho, a midfield spot opens up and if the former Inter man leaves in January, Klopp needs to fill it immediately.

Adam Lallana, a proven talisman, could possess the boots to fill the hole, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also a viable option.

Lallana is keen to put the last six months behind him after an injury-ravaged spell on the sidelines, while Oxlade-Chamberlain is desperate to continue growing at Anfield.

The former Arsenal star craves a midfield spot and with recent performances suggesting he is improving under Klopp, the German may be tempted to hand him a chance to replace Coutinho.

Lallana would be far the more reliable option, however, after an excellent season last year and has all the energy and inventiveness of Coutinho.

The question is would either of the pair be able to dictate the play from further back as Coutinho has done, or are they better served playing further forward, operating in between the lines?

It remains to be seen who Klopp favours between Emre Can, who himself could be heading for the Anfield exit door in the summer, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson. Either way, Klopp has the option to play with both Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the team or with a more defensive core.

Liverpool could line-up with both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana in midfield if Jurgen Klopp opts to select just one designated defensive midfielder (Picture: Metro)

If Jurgen Klopp opts for extra security, particularly away from home, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana are likely to compete for a single place (Picture: Metro)Like for like and swap in Naby Keita

Naby Keita will be a Liverpool next summer (Picture: Getty)Naby Keita will not rock up at Anfield until next summer, but many Liverpool fans will be crossing their fingers the midfielder will make them forget all about the little magician.

Keita has played everywhere from right winger to defensive midfield for RB Leipzig, but is most at home in the centre of the park, Coutinho’s stomping ground.

It could be just a like for like swap for Liverpool with Keita slipping into the No.8 role Coutinho has flourished in this season.

Should Keita step up and perform from the off at Liverpool, fans will soon forget about another painful Barcelona poaching.

The inclusion of Keita would also allow for either Oxlade-Chamberlain or Lallana to slot in further up the field, while Liverpool are also in the running for Thomas Lemar who could boost their attacking options still further.

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