Alisson hails Firmino after Club World Cup heroics

Roberto Firmino was praised by Liverpool team-mates Alisson and Divock Origi after his goal against Flamengo sealed the Reds' maiden Club World Cup.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson pose with the Club World Cup trophy.   -  Getty Images

Alisson hailed the importance of Roberto Firmino to Liverpool after the forward's winning goal against Flamengo in the Club World Cup final.

Firmino netted two winners in as many games for the European champion at the tournament, which Liverpool won for the first time thanks to Saturday's 1-0 victory.

The 28-year-old is often questioned due to his lack of goals – he has six this season – despite his vital contributions, but Brazil team-mate Alisson talked up his importance.

"We know and he knows how important he is for the team. And we value him a lot. I think he is one of the most important players for us," the goalkeeper said.

Read: Firmino's extra-time goal secures maiden Club World Cup

"He doesn't just score, but he assists too. He makes the team play from behind, he helps us a lot and makes a difference.

"We are really happy and I am really happy that he could score, it's important for a striker to score and I'm really happy for everybody and this title."

Liverpool needed extra-time to get past Flamengo, with Firmino netting the only goal in the 99th minute.

Divock Origi, who replaced Firmino during extra-time, also hailed his fellow forward.

"'Bobby' is an amazing player. He showed it again, the finishing for me was top class and it helped us win the game," he said.

"I told him after the game I'm very happy for him."

Liverpool, which is 10 points clear and has a game in hand in the Premier League, visit second-placed Leicester City on Thursday.

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