'Suarez-esque Firmino will never be sold' - Liverpool forward hailed by Carragher

The former Reds defender believes the Brazilian epitomises Jurgen Klopp's philosophy, with his work rate similar to that of another Anfield icon

Roberto Firmino brings Luis Suarez-esque qualities to Liverpool and will never be replaced by Jurgen Klopp, says Jamie Carragher.

Eyebrows were raised when the Reds invested £29 million in a forward who has never been prolific back in the summer of 2015.

The Brazil international was signed by Brendan Rodgers, but has flourished under the guidance of his successor.

Firmino is considered to fit the Klopp mould perfectly, with his willingness to work hard for the good of the collective cause making him as important to Liverpool as Suarez was and the likes of Harry Kane are to Premier League rivals.

Former Reds defender Carragher told Sky Sports’ MNF Extra: "Firmino has been a revelation this season.

"I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He has always been Liverpool's number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals.

“He can actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuff that he brings.

"Even without the goals, I don't think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino.

"If Harry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of - if not the first - name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball. Klopp appreciates all of the extra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.

"There is something about South American players. They just seem to be able to keep going. Klopp said recently that Firmino has one rest day after a game and then he's back on it in training and that's exactly how Luis Suarez was. He never wanted a rest even in training. That is just how some people's bodies are - they seem to be able to deal with anything."

Roberto Firmino Luis Suarez qualities Jamie Carragher

Firmino has netted 19 times across all competitions this season, leaving him just three efforts short of a personal best recorded at Hoffenheim back in 2012-13.

He has also recorded eight assists, and it is that combination of qualities which Carragher believes will continue to benefit the Reds – particularly those who work alongside the 26-year-old, such as Mohamed Salah.

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"Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too," Carragher added.

“He is very clever with his passing and his movement drags people out of position as well.

"He comes towards the ball and that opens up the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space between the full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool."

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