Recruited from Hoffenheim for less than £30m in 2015 by then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, the signing of Roberto Firmino has proved an absolute steal. Leading the line in the devastating front three Jürgen Klopp has assembled, Firmino played a crucial role in Liverpool’s ascent to the top of the English game and the title they won in 2020 – their first league triumph in 30 years. Flanked by Sadio Mané and Mo Salah, Firmino sometimes fades into the shadows of this record-breaking team, but Klopp is in no doubt about the Brazilian’s importance.
“Bobby is a complete footballer,” the manager said. “A football team is like an orchestra, you have different people for different instruments. Some of them are louder than others but they are all important for the rhythm. Bobby plays something like 12 instruments in our orchestra. He’s very important.”