By Emma Sanders
Football Insider names the Liverpool Player of the Year as 2016 draws to a close.
Roberto Firmino has been Liverpool’s best player in 2016 and it is largely down to the influence of Jurgen Klopp.
The German manager joined Liverpool in October 2015 and he opted to play Firmino in a central attacking position and it has paid off brilliantly.
The 25-year-old’s form has been so good in the last 12 months that he has kept Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi out of the side regularly.
He had a slow start to his Liverpool career after joining for £29 million in June last year but he soon became an important figure in the side and scored nine goals in 15 league appearances between January and May 2016.
This season, he has already netted five goals and provided three assists in the Premier League and has formed a sensational attacking trio with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.
Prior to Coutinho’s injury, the trio had scored 17 goals in 13 league games and had been involved in a total of 31 goals in all competitions throughout the campaign, helping Liverpool reach the top of the table.
Firmino was central to that, helping Liverpool press from the front and build attacks.
His form has dipped slightly in the last two weeks, in correlation with Liverpool dropping points against West Ham and Bournemouth but he has been forced to play out wide to accommodate Origi.
In total, he scored 26 goals and provided 12 assists in 59 league and European appearances in 2016. Quietly sensational and technically brilliant, Firmino is very good and getting even better.
In other Liverpool news, Jordan Henderson has revealed why the Reds can cope without Coutinho against Everton.