Jurgen Klopp: Why I was happy Liverpool signed Roberto Firmino
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp runs rule over Roberto Firmino ahead of League Cup clash
Jurgen Klopp says he was happy to see Liverpool sign Roberto Firmino in the summer transfer window.
The Brazil international completed a £29m move to the Merseyside outfit from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim to become the Reds’s third-most expensive signing.
When I heard Liverpool took him I thought ‘good choice’
Firmino has been limited to just three Premier League starts following his big-money summer move after an injury-hit start to his Liverpool career.
But Klopp, who was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor earlier this month, explained why the 24-year-old South American will be an important player for the Merseyside outfit.
“With the Brazil national team last time he played as a No.9, usually he’s in attacking midfield, or second striker, or he can come from the wing,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“He’s a pretty skilful player. There was a time around a year ago when he was for a few months the best player in the Bundesliga.
“From the first day on, everybody could see that he can be a very, very good player.
“When I heard Liverpool took him I thought ‘good choice’!
“Of course he needs time but he’s strong with the ball, he’s physically strong, he’s fast in a good football way with the ball, fast getting his body between opponent and ball.
“He’s an important player for us, of course, and I hope he can play [against Bournemouth].”
Firmino has made nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season although the midfielder is still waiting to score his first goal for the Reds.
The Brazil playmaker could line up against Bournemouth in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.
Liverpool travel to defending Premier League champions Chelsea in their next top-flight outing on Saturday afternoon.