Andy Robertson has praised Roberto Firmino for making a “big impact” in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
The Brazilian provided two assists as the Reds came from behind to extend their perfect start to the new Premier League season and move five points clear at the top of the table.
Firmino, 27, started the game on the bench after featuring heavily for his country during the international break and saw his side fall behind to a Jetro Willems stunner before Sadio Mane levelled things up.
However, he was introduced after just 37 minutes due to an injury to Divock Origi and wasted no time in making his presence felt at Anfield.
The forward’s through ball allowed Mane to score his second before the break and he produced an excellent flick to set up Salah in the second half.
And left-back Robertson said that Firmino’s arrival helped give Jurgen Klopp’s side the boost they needed to secure a 14th successive league win.
“We’re gutted for big Div coming off, hopefully it’s not too serious but he had to come off at that time,” Robertson told the club’s website .
“But to bring Bobby on is always a nice sub to have.
“Obviously he came back late from internationals and the manager decided to put him on the bench.
“When he came on he showed his class and could probably have had three or four assists.
“He had a big impact and that’s what we needed. Luckily we had enough for the three points.”
Liverpool’s next game will see them start the defence of their Champions League title with a trip to Italian side Napoli.
It marks start of a busy run for Klopp’s men, with another six games to play until the next international break in October, and Robertson expects it to be an important period for the club.
“August was relaxed in terms of what we’re used to but September is back to the busy schedule,” he added.
“The Champions League starts on Tuesday and we’ll be on a flight on Monday.
“So it’s all about recovering, we need to recover properly and we need to be ready to go on Tuesday.
“September is a busy period. We need to come through it firing and get the results we need.”