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Fabinho: Roberto Firmino is a complete forward

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Liverpool star Fabinho has praised his “smart” team-mate Roberto Firmino for being a complete forward  who can fill a number of different roles.

The Brazilian striker is enjoying another prolific campaign at Liverpool this season with nine goals in 23 Premier League games along with four assists.

Under manager Jurgen Klopp, Firmino has been deployed in a number of different roles at Anfield and has recently undertaken a deeper role this term.

“Firmino is a player who is really good at adapting to different positions. He is a No. 9 but he helps a lot in build-up play,” Fabinho told the club website.

“He is very important to the team in many stages of the game; he plays as if in the No. 10 role or a No. 8 role, he is a really smart guy who adapts to what the team needs.

“He is great at playing with his back to goal and, like I said, in build-up play and starting attacks. He helps a lot in general teamwork as well as being a top finisher. So, yes, he is a really important player for us.”

Firmino has scored five times in his last four league games, which memorably included a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Arsenal on December 29.

When asked if Firmino is a complete forward, Fabinho replied: “No doubt about it.

“He is a player who, outside the box, is really smart and he makes the team tick. In the box, his finishing is indisputably good, both with his right foot, left foot and in the air.

“If you look at the four goals he scored against Arsenal and City, you can tell he’s a big-game player.

“His confidence is sky high and I hope he keeps up this confidence and keeps scoring goals for a long time to come.”

Firmino and Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday next week for a Premier League match against Leicester City at Anfield.