A far cry from the football of yesteryear, in which 4-4-2 seemed to be the only formation in existence, the modern era has seen an abundance of 'hipster' terminology born into the beautiful game.
Trequartista. Regista. Ramdeuter. False nine. These are all terms associated with various roles on the field of play, but it is the latter which is most applicable to one of the Premier League's most impressive performers this season; Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool's flamboyant Brazilian arrived on Merseyside in the summer of 2015 having made his name in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, and began his career at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, who initially played the forward on the wing or in behind Christian Benteke.
Firmino + Salah = 17 goals— AnfieldNation (@AnfieldNation) December 2, 2017
Everton = 17 goals pic.twitter.com/Dk0nQns66m
Once Jurgen Klopp had arrived however, it quickly became apparent that Firmino's role would differ from his previous one under Rodgers. The former Borussia Dortmund manager set about utilising Firmino in a deep lying forward role, the 'false nine' role as footballing hipsters know it as, and just two years since his £29m move to England we are beginning to see the best football of the 26-year-old's career.
In his first full season in red, Firmino scored 11 goals and set up ten more as Liverpool finished runners up in both the League Cup and the Europa League, impressive statistics for a player who floated all over the pitch without a truly nailed down position.
FIRMINO for Liverpool this season:— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) December 2, 2017
16 goal involvements, and it's still December. Bobby is finally achieving the stats that a player with his quality deserves to have, so that people don't underrate him anymore. pic.twitter.com/3fwMBXixCr