Jamie Carragher: My verdict on Liverpool new-boy Roberto Firmino
Jamie Carragher was impressed by what he saw from Liverpool starlet Roberto Firmino on Wednesday night
Jamie Carragher has admitted that he was impressed by Roberto Firmino’s performance after the Brazilian helped to inspire Liverpool to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old playmaker, who joined the Reds from Hoffenheim in a big-money deal during the summer transfer window, was named the man of the match as he put in an impressive performance to help Jurgen Klopp record his first win since being appointed as manager at Anfield.
Firmino has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his move due to a spell on the sidelines with an injury in recent weeks.
However, former Liverpool defender Carragher feels that his performance on Wednesday will go some way to helping him kick-start his Anfield career.
Carragher said on Sky Sports: “You’re not expecting new players into this league to be absolute superstars, but for him that was a sign tonight that there is a player there.
“We haven’t seen much evidence of it this season, but it gives us something over the next few weeks.
“We still want him to improve, want him to do it in big games against better opposition. But tonight was a start for him.
“He was the standout player on the pitch. Everything came through him.”
He continued: “Tonight we’ve seen him in that attacking midfield role, central. The problem is Liverpool have got other players who also want to play there.
“That’s going to be the thing for Jurgen Klopp, how is he going to fit maybe two of those three players in?
“But Firmino got the shirt tonight in that role, and showed glimpses of what he’s about, some class touches.
“He’s played in the Bundesliga and Jurgen Klopp knows what he can do, and that’s going to be a massive help for him.”
Liverpool, who take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, face Southampton in the League Cup quarter-finals.