Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has nothing to prove
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says £29m signing Roberto Firmino is a good player
Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino has nothing to prove to the Liverpool manager.
The Brazil international scooped the man of the match award after an influential performance in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the League Cup fourth round at Anfield on Wednesday night.
He is ready, he is prepared for this league for sure, he is physically strong and a good technician – everything you saw. And usually he is a good finisher! He is a good player
Firmino has endured an injury-hit start to his Liverpool career after having made just four starts in the Premier League following a £29m summer move to the Reds from Hoffenheim.
And Klopp, who was appointed as Liverpool’s new manager earlier this month, explained why he believes the 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder is a very good player.
“It is important for a new player when he comes to a new club to show this, but he doesn’t have to show me anything because I know him very well,” Klopp told his post-match media conference.
“We all now know a little bit more about him and that’s important. It was very intensive for him tonight and if we hadn’t had to make a change in the first half with Kolo, we would have changed him [Firmino] a little earlier.
“We had to wait because maybe we would have to go into extra-time, so it was not easy [for him] but he worked really hard.
“He is ready, he is prepared for this league for sure, he is physically strong and a good technician – everything you saw. And usually he is a good finisher! He is a good player.”
Nathaniel Clyne scored a first-half winner for the Reds to secure their second victory over Bournemouth this season and set up a League Cup quarter-final clash against the defender’s former club Southampton at St Mary’s.
Liverpool make the trip to defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.