Roberto Firmino has been hailed as the man who makes "everything gel properly" at Liverpool by former Reds striker Emile Heskey.
The Brazilian has spearheaded Liverpool's dynamic front three to the brink of the Premier League title this season, but trails behind his strike partners in the scoring stakes.
Firmino has only notched 11 goals in the campaign across all competitions, with Sadio Mane on 18 and Mohamed Salah out in front on 20.
But Heskey feels Firmino is the most important cog in Liverpool's wheel, and his contribution is about more than just goals.
"I just think everything gels properly when he's playing," Heskey told 90min. "He's not necessarily worried about 'this is my job and I need to do this'.
“You see him chasing back and tackling, you see him playing left wing and chase the guy up and down the wing. Then you'll see him up front, getting the ball and holding it up and bringing someone in. It's just a different variety of stuff that he does, he's not just focused on 'I must score goals'."
While few would doubt Firmino's quality, the 28-year-old is often overshadowed by his teammates when it comes to plaudits.
Mane is just one of the players tipped to win individual awards this season, along with captain Jordan Henderson and defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold – yet no mention of Firmino.
Heskey faced a similar experience during his time at Anfield, often providing the hard work to support strike partners Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
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