LIVERPOOL star Roberto Firmino is better than Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because he’s more of a team player.
That’s according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.
Both players are among the Premier League’s most lethal strikers but despite leading the line for their respective clubs, they play considerably different roles.
Firmino operates as a false 9 under Jurgen Klopp, bringing others into play and creating chances for fellow attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Meanwhile Aubameyang is more of a natural goalscorer and plays as a lone striker or cutting in from the left.
“He makes other people around him play better.”
Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand
The pair went head to head at the Emirates this evening and ahead of the game, the BT Sport pundits were comparing their attributes.
“I’d take Firmino,” said Ferdinand.
“He’s an all round footballer. He makes other people around him play better.
“It’s probably the wrong comparison to make.”
And Liverpool legend Steve McManaman agreed with Ferdinand.
He added: “I’d take Firmino because he’s a better player than Aubameyang.
“I think Aubameyang’s a better goalscorer.
“But if you’ve got 11 players I think Firmino is a better team player and bringing people into the game.
“They’re not both goalscorers – Aubameyang is Firmino’s not.”
But former Arsenal defender Martin Keown defended Aubameyang, citing his prolific goalscoring record since joining from Borussia Dortmund.
“Aubameyang, if you look at the number of goals he’s scored since he’s been in the Premier League,” he said.
“He came in on February 8th, I think it was, and it’s only Mo Salah who has scored more than him.
“Aubameyang doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
“Firmino is important for Salah and Mane but Aubameyang is a better player.”