In 2013/14, Luis Suarez made 1.1 tackles per game.
In 2015/16, Roberto Firmino has made 2 tackles per game.
Let’s not dilly-dally, nor wander aimlessly around the point. It’s right there, staring at you in the face, the full, gargantuan influence that Roberto Firmino had had on this Liverpool team, even in a season which most have deemed Europa league focused and building for the future. The sheer scope of Firmino’s ability has been on show this season, not merely displaying the promising attacking signs that Jurgen Klopp has time to work with and nurture into samba magic, but furthermore the weapon at the big German’s disposal; the Brazilian’s phenomenal; near-mechanical ability to harrow and harass a defence.
Per the exceptional work done by Anfield Index’s supreme overlord (he paid me to say that) Gags Tandon, Simon Brundish, Dan Kennett, Dan Rhodes and others, this season has seen the implementation of pressing stats to the site. As a collective, Liverpool have shown dramatic improvement in their desire to win the ball back far up the pitch and put in the running to be classed as a Jurgen Klopp team. The move has seen players like Phil Coutinho and even the much-maligned Daniel Sturridge look to improve their workrates, while the engines of Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and Nathanial Clyne – in different ways – have all been refined, sharpened, and put to good use where it’s best in order to maximise the collective pressing machine.
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