Brazil forward Roberto Firmino is “the key” to Liverpool’s “best squad for a very long time”, says former captain Steven Gerrard.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are top of the Premier League after winning all six of their top-flight games this season.
Firmino, 26, has two goals and two assists in the league, and also scored the winner against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.
“Firmino is an absolute genius when you watch him close up,” said Gerrard.
“He’s as interested in setting up a goal as scoring one.”
Rangers manager Gerrard acknowledged Liverpool’s other frontline forwards – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – are vital to their success but added: “The key is Firmino.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he added: “They’ve got decent back-up – if they were to lose Salah or Mane, Daniel Sturridge seems to be in good shape and scoring goals and then they’ve got Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke.”
Liverpool signed Firmino from Hoffenheim in 2015, shortly after Gerrard’s final season as a Reds player. The former England midfielder returned to Anfield as a youth coach until his move to Ibrox in May.