Jamie Carragher believes that Roberto Firmino was the standout player during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the team that beat Chelsea in the FA Cup a few days ago. Carragher believes it was a testament to the spirit that has been created by the German boss during his time at the club.
“There is something that Jurgen Klopp has created and it is not just about how good the first-choice eleven is. We know who the first-choice eleven is, they weren’t playing tonight. But when you have something special at a club it almost feels at times that you can put any set of players on and they play that way,” Jamie Carragher said about Roberto Firmino. I go back a couple of years when Liverpool beat Everton with almost an under-23 team in the FA Cup. It is almost a mentality that goes right through the club no matter the line-up. We know they are good players but let’s not kid ourselves, the reason they are not the first eleven is that they are not as good as those players. But what he has created right through this club is the standard that he expects, that spirit, that mentality. He is just an absolute revelation.”
“I thought he was brilliant. He came on at the weekend in the cup final and he wasn’t great, actually, in that. You can understand these players not being up to speed sometimes. But in the first 10 to 15 minutes tonight when Liverpool wasn’t at their best, he and Harvey Elliott were brilliant,” he added. “When you think about what he has done for this football club. He wasn’t signed by Jurgen Klopp, he was signed by Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool wasn’t sure what to do with him. Does he come from the side or does he play in the pocket, is he a No 10? Jurgen Klopp then plays him as a No 9.”