Virgil van Dijk hailed Roberto Firmino as the best player he has ever worked with ahead of Liverpool‘s clash with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday – and the Brazilian showed exactly why in the Reds’ 3-1 victory.
Asked by talkSPORT who has been the greatest player he has played with throughout his career, Van Dijk replied: “I’m going to be a little bit biased and say one of my team-mates; I would say Roberto Firmino.”
And the striker lived up to the billing against Arsenal, despite failing to get on the scoresheet.
Joel Matip headed Liverpool in front just before half-time, and a Mo Salah brace after the break took the game beyond Arsenal, who grabbed a consolation goal from Lucas Torreira.
But Firmino was clearly in the mood and caught the eye on the stroke of half-time, cheekily flicking the ball over Dani Ceballos’ head to set himself up for a volley which was deflected wide.
The following angle shows the skill even better.