Already this season the Liverpool star has become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals – something the likes of Juninho, Robinho, Coutinho, Willian and Fernandinho all failed to do.

The 27-year-old livewire is so busy you’d think he was twins. He is a key part of a side that already has the European Super Cup trophy tucked away and has started the domestic campaign with five wins from five with Chelsea next in his sights.

On Merseyside they have long sung ‘there’s something that the Kop want you to know, the best in the world is Bobby Firmino’ – now the rest of the planet are catching on. The guy is as dazzling as his teeth.

His performance against Newcastle was near perfection, with an assist of the season contender, tricks and flicks that had people purring. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane get the plaudits because they score the most goals but Firmino is the artist and creator for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Reds lost in Naples midweek thanks to a dodgy penalty, VAR being VAR and a rare Virgil van Dijk error. In past seasons such a defeat would cause worried glances among fans but not now as Liverpool players seem to have that elusive quality all great teams have.

Rather than wallow in misfortune they smile in its face, brush themselves down and re-double their efforts – so Blues be warned.

The Champions League winners are the most accomplished; rounded and joyful Reds team to watch in 30-odd years. For their fans going into a third decade without a league title the best feeling in the world is watching things finally fall into place after watching them fall apart for so long.

Talking of things falling apart . . . Tottenham play the David Brent derby this weekend fresh from blowing a two-goal lead for the second time in a fortnight.

Harry Kane & Co are increasingly looking like The Office star – – both cringe and funny at the same time – while there is more than a touch of Brents in Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

Spurs have been together as a team for long enough, have enough quality and are managed by an elite-level boss to not keep falling short and shooting themselves in the foot.

They are running out of excuses – it is all well and good chipping away at a glass ceiling but you won’t get far when you’ve double-glazed it with mental weakness and an inability to protect leads.

Champions Manchester City have their own weakness, which really could have been avoided.

Yes losing two centre-backs to injury inside the first month of the campaign is unlucky.  But the oil-rich Mancunians’ luxury squad was designed to handle this kind of injury crisis – that they left a gaping Vincent Kompany-shaped hole in their squad is a problem of their own making.

Aymeric Laporte – out long term after knee ligament surgery – will be the biggest miss while John Stones is side-lined for a month with a thigh problem.

Seven out of the 20 most expensive defenders of all time have been bought by City – Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Stones, Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi and Joao Cancelo.

So Pep Guardiola’s ‘we can’t afford it like other teams’ when asked when they didn’t replace Kompany in the summer is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in football.

AND finally the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan and it really is a case of beer we go for England.

In a move that makes as much sense as calling trousers a pair when there’s only one of them, Eddie Jones’ squad are staying in a hotel that is hosting a beer festival this weekend.

Sapporo by name and Sapporo by nature – still at least if we lose our opener to Tonga the players will have somewhere to drown their sorrows. Or maybe it was planned all along to toast our stunning victory on the first step to Japan 2019 glory!

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