Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will determine whether Liverpool succeed in progressing in the Champions League and securing another top-four finish, Andrew Robertson believes.

They excelled during Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Southampton when an assist from Salah led to Firmino scoring his 20th goal of the season; the Brazilian then produced the classiest of backheels to play in Salah to secure his 29th.

Their increasing importance to Liverpool’s ambitions also comes following Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona and with them resuming their European campaign against Porto on Wednesday at a time when concerns about their defending persist and Sadio Mane is struggling for his finest form.

That they are so convincing in the final third is particularly crucial when Liverpool remain vulnerable in defence, regardless of the arrival of £75m defender Virgil van Dijk.

Asked if they are therefore the ones who will make the difference in them achieving their ambitions, Robertson responded: “Of course. Mo’s come in and got 22 (league) goals. Bobby’s got his 20th.

Virgil van Dijk passes the ball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on February 11, 2018
Virgil van Dijk passes the ball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium on February 11, 2018
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“They’re the ones putting us in front. From game to game it’ll always change, but yeah, they’re the ones who are getting the chances, and luckily they’re taking them just now.

“They do some sensational stuff in training, but you’ve seen the best of them out on the pitch. They’re doing it week-in, week-out, and when one of them is struggling, the other one pops up, or the other two pop up.

“We need to keep going and they need to keep scoring for us, and as a team we just need to keep keeping clean sheets.

“Loris (Karius) made some great saves that kept us going, and he was a big help. Everyone can make a difference.

“It’s about the Champions League and it’s about progressing in that, but also cementing our place in the top four, because we want to be in the Champions League every year. We’ve got two big aims, now that we’re out of the FA Cup, which is a disappointment, but we’ve got these two big aims to go for until the end of the season and that’s what will drive us forward.

“We’ve got a wee bit of momentum going again and we need to keep that going until the end of the season, because nothing’s achieved at this point.”

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