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Thiago heaps special praise on Firmino after goals against United

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Roberto Firmino has received special praise from teammate Thiago Alcantara, after a fine showing for Liverpool against Manchester United.

Thiago Alcantara has hailed Roberto Firmino as the least-selfish striker he has come across, with the Brazilian’s value not lost on those around him at Liverpool.

The 2020-21 campaign has been a testing one for all concerned at Anfield, with their South American frontman finding the going tough at times as questions are asked of his form and future.

However, Firmino was back on the Premier League goal trail when bagging a brace in a vital 4-2 victory over Manchester United, with the 29-year-old proving once again that he can be a man for the big occasion.

Reflecting on Firmino’s efforts at Old Trafford and the role he continues to play in Jurgen Klopp’s system, Thiago told Liverpool’s official website: “He’s a very important player for us.

“I think he’s the least-selfish striker I’ve ever seen in my life because he always tries to reach the best option for his team-mates, but also he’s a great goalscorer.”

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah were also on target against the Red Devils, as Liverpool kept their top-four hopes alive. Elsewhere, Fabinho lined up alongside Thiago in midfield after being asked to fill in at centre-half on a regular basis this season. Thiago also hailed the presence of other key men.

“As I said, it brings the best from all of us having Fab in the middle,” Thiago said of being paired with another Brazil international on the Reds’ books.

“He controls the tempo while we don’t have the ball as well, he closes that gap we need when he’s there. He’s very important for all of us.”

Another win would be in sight when Liverpool take on West Brom on Sunday.