By Dominic King for MailOnline
Published: 18:55 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 19:17 GMT, 1 February 2020
Liverpool's number nine has not scored a Premier League goal at Anfield since March 31, a sequence that now runs to 306 days.
In normal circumstances, it would be the kind of statistic that triggers inquests and debates and lead to questions about how a man who wears such a famous jersey could keep his place.
How can a Liverpool number nine not score at Anfield?
Roberto Firmino's Anfield scoring drought continued at Southampton on Saturday
However, the number nine's performance showed again what else he brings to Liverpool
Normal circumstances, however, do not apply to Roberto Firmino. It might be an anomaly that he has not registered at home since a towering header against Tottenham last spring but nobody has a moment's worry about this Brazilian. If you needed evidence why, you simply had to watch the majesty of this performance.
Firmino, of course, has been ticking his tally along on the road - most recently drilling in winning strikes at Tottenham and Wolves - but in some ways he is the forward for whom goals don't matter. There is so much more to his game that is important for Liverpool and Southampton were the latest team to fall under his spell.
He found things difficult in the first 45 minutes, as the visitors, well drilled by Ralph Hassenhutl, shut down the spaces and