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Jürgen Klopp says that Roberto Firmino is an unique talent who brings a direct aspect to the number nine role.

The Brazilian is known for his outstanding work ethic in being able to defend from the front and win back possession for the team.

While he is not as prolific as his front three partners in Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, Firmino has got a great knack of scoring important goals such as the winners against Wolves, Flamengo and Crystal Palace in the last few months.

The 28 year-old may not have scored at Anfield this season but his contributions stretch far and wide.

In all, Firmino has 12 assists (eight in the Premier League and four in the CL) and on Saturday against Southampton he produced a hat-trick creating the goals for Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson.

Klopp is certainly someone who sees how important Firmino is to the success of his side and referenced a iconic manager in his praise for the striker.

The Echo reported Klopp as saying:

“Arsene Wenger said he is unique.

“He is. He is just exceptional, a very football smart person, obviously.

“In the first half, in between a really tight formation of Southampton, the way he drops and keeps the ball, how he makes things happen is very special, absolutely.

 

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“Then even a player like Bobby needs an address where he can send the ball, because he can not take the ball and turn and run alone.

“How he uses the skills of his mates is special. I do not know a player like him, that is true.”

“A selfless number nine? Yes but surprisingly he had to catch up assist-wise with the other boys. 

" Until Saturday I think he was behind the other boys and now he has more.

“The good thing is he never stops being greedy to score himself in the right moment, or to pass to the guy in a better position."

While Firmino has won praise for his selflessness, in contrast Mo Salah is viewed in some circles as being a “greedy” footballer.

However, Klopp was having none of that.

“People were talking about Mo Salah.

“Mo was never selfish, or more selfish than he should be.

“A striker in the right position. we have seen goals from Mo where he scores in between four players and finds the roof of the goal. 

“Then when you do not score people say you should have passed here or there but life is not that easy. 

“On Saturday he was very unselfish and he got the balls (passes) back, so he could score.”



 


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Cantona was a brilliant footballer. I'm not saying he wasn't fucking mental or he is better than Bobby, but he was a fantastic player who transformed that bunch of cunts down the m62. It was a massive fuck up by souness to let that one pass by. 

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Cantona had the attitude and he was what United needed at that time I can understand why they worship him for those reasons but he wasn't all that. Le tissier was better,  plenty of players were  if he was world class bad attitude or not internationally he'd of done more and he was an arrogant horrible stupid cunt whose ego was way beyond his ability. Now he's a comic figure. I'm incredibly biased against him I have to hear a lot of king Cantona shit but I stand by it, over rated and a twat.

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Cantona was breathtakingly brilliant for them in the league, however had little effect in Europe and totally unsuited to international football. 

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1 hour ago, Bobby Hundreds said:

Cantona had the attitude and he was what United needed at that time I can understand why they worship him for those reasons but he wasn't all that. Le tissier was better,  plenty of players were  if he was world class bad attitude or not internationally he'd of done more and he was an arrogant horrible stupid cunt whose ego was way beyond his ability. Now he's a comic figure. I'm incredibly biased against him I have to hear a lot of king Cantona shit but I stand by it, over rated and a twat.

He was a maverick journeyman rather than a world class player, but in conjunction with Ferguson it was enough set the wheels in motion for two decades of domination, so I suppose you can’t deny the impact. 
 

It was - and I get the irony given what people are saying about the league this season - a very weak league at the time, something that was borne out by the fact that no English team was good enough to seriously trouble Europe's b-tier (although Arsenal had a couple of good runs in the tertiary Cup Winners' Cup), but a title's a title.

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