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Unsung Hero: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino makes a telling impact off the bench for the Reds

Unsung Hero: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino makes a telling impact off the bench for the Reds

Liverpool extended their 100% start to the Premier League season to five games with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Anfield, coming from behind to take all three points. [via Sky Sports]

The Reds’ hopes of a first home clean sheet of the season lasted just seven minutes as Jetro Willems cut inside from the left wing before firing a shot past Adrian in the Liverpool goal. [via Sky Sports]

Sadio Mane drew the home side level just before the half-hour mark when he curled a fine shot into the top corner of the Newcastle net and the Senegal man doubled his tally shortly before half-time, netting after the ball rebounded off visitors’ goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. [via Sky Sports]

Liverpool wrapped up the points on 72 minutes when Mohamed Salah finished with aplomb past Dubravka to make it 3-1 and cement the Reds’ position at the top of the Premier League for at least another week. [via Sky Sports]

Following their goalscoring contributions against the Magpies, Mane now has six goals for the season and Salah is up to four, although they weren’t the only Liverpool forwards to have a telling impact on proceedings at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino started the game on the substitutes’ bench as Divock Origi came into the starting line-up in his place but the 27-year-old was summoned in place of the Belgium striker in the 37th minute after an injury to the latter. [via Sky Sports]

Firmino’s sumptuous through ball to Mane set up the Senegal man for his second goal to put Liverpool in front just three minutes after the substitution. [via Sky Sports]

The Brazil forward added his second assist of the day with a deft backheel to Salah for his goal, the fourth time this season that Firmino has set up a goal for a team-mate. [via Sky Sports]

He ended the game with four key passes, second only to Trent Alexander-Arnold, and also won both aerial duels that he contested in addition to winning one tackle. [via WhoScored.com]

This Is Anfield writer Karl Matchett sung the praises of Firmino after the game, saying that he provided “lofted passes, backheels aplenty, lots of his usual vision and selflessness and some brilliant through passes”.

For the Liverpool Echo, Ian Doyle described the 27-year-old’s assist for Salah’s goal as “a thing of absolute beauty” and said that he was “excellent throughout”.

Mane and Salah were the men on the scoresheet for Liverpool, but Firmino deserves just as much recognition for the two magnificent assists that he provided for his attacking colleagues.

Liverpool fans, how good do you think Firmino was after coming on against Newcastle? Give us your views in the comments section below!

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