Mark Lawrenson: Why Liverpool star can thrive under Jurgen Klopp
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Roberto Firmino could blossom under Jurgen Klopp
Roberto Firmino could thrive under Jurgen Klopp, according to former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.
The Brazil international has made a slow start to his Anfield career following a £29m move to Liverpool from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
He’ll have had to think about how to stop him whenever Dortmund played Hoffenheim, and I suspect he might just get the best out of him
Firmino became the Merseyside outfit’s third most-expensive player of all-time after Brendan Rodgers lured the South American to Anfield.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp could be the right man to lure the best form out of Firmino.
“Roberto Firmino, for example, is one that I think may benefit from the change in manager,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Echo.
“As yet, we don’t really know what the Brazilian is. We know he’s talented, and that he’s done well in the Bundesliga, but there hasn’t been much to go off since he moved to Liverpool.
“Is he a wide player, is he a traditional No.10? Does he play from the right, the left, off a big man or behind a quick striker? There are more questions than answers, at present. I know he’s injured right now, but fans are still waiting to see what this fella is going to be.
“Klopp will know, though. He’ll have watched him closely in Germany, he’ll have had to think about how to stop him whenever Dortmund played Hoffenheim, and I suspect he might just get the best out of him.”
The 24-year-old playmaker has started just three Premier League games this season, whilst the South American has made a further three appearances from the bench.
Firmino has racked up 239 top-flight minutes since his big-money move to the 18-time English champions.
The Brazil international netted 38 times in 140 Bundesliga games during a five-year stay at the German club.
Klopp’s Liverpool side will face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in their first Premier League game under the German.