‘Firmino Is a 9, a 10 and an 8’ Says Fabinho
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says his compatriot and Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino defies categorisation as a forward. Firmino has won plenty of plaudits for his high-energy approach at the tip of the Reds’ attack.
Firmino is characterised by his ability to make space for others- most notably Mo Salah. Fellow Brazilian Fabinho says that Firmino does not play in any one position, such is his work rate.
“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 recently told Liverpoolfc.com.
“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.”
Fabinho is in no doubt that his international colleague is the complete forward, “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.”