Hailing the importance of Roberto Firmino‘s all-round game Joe Gomez was effusive in his praise of the Liverpool striker, and how hard he is to mark.

Firmino has established himself as one of the most accomplished No. 9s in European football since taking up his new role under Jurgen Klopp.

Previously a hardworking, ghosting No. 10, Firmino was described by the New York Times‘ Rory Smith on Monday as “the most-complete modern centre-forward in the world.”

This season he has added more goals to his game, with the Brazilian scoring 23 and laying on a further 13 in 42 games in all competitions.

Gomez is relieved he is more often than not on the same side, as describing Firmino’s approach to the defender highlighted his touch and tenacity as key assets.

“He never has a bad touch, the ball always sticks to him however you ping it at him,” he explained.

“It’s nice when you’re playing the pass but when you’re defending against him and he doesn’t give you even half a yard to get there, it makes it hard.”

On Firmino’s relentless off-ball work, and how to counter it, Gomez simply said “the only thing you can do is hope you get a foul.”

“Bobby keeps going and keeps going throughout the game. He loses it and will track back deep into our half to get it back,” he added.

“It shows his desire to try and win the ball back and defend for the team.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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