Dietmar Hamann runs rule over Liverpool star Roberto Firmino

Dietmar Hamann says Liverpool star Roberto Firmino will prove a great asset

Dietmar Hamann says Liverpool playmaker Roberto Firmino has “tremendous ability”.

The Brazil international produced his best performance in a Liverpool shirt to date after he scored his first goal and made his first assist for the Reds in a 4-1 win at Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday evening.

He’s got tremendous ability and, coupled with the mental strength he’s got, I think he could be a great asset for the club for a long time to come

Dietmar Hamann

Firmino has started to impress in the Liverpool side in recent weeks under new manager Jurgen Klopp after the 24-year-old was signed by the German’s predecessor in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim in the summer transfer window.

Former Liverpool midfielder Hamann, who was part of the club’s Champions League-winning side in 2005, is confident Firmino will prove a great asset for the Reds in the coming months.

“He’s a very talented player,” Hamann told Liverpool’s website.

“I spoke to people who worked with him – [ex-Red] Markus Babbel was his manager in Hoffenheim – and I saw an awful lot.

“He’s very direct, he’s a little bit different to Coutinho, that’s why he can also play that role as a false nine or a centre-forward.

“Sometimes when Brazilians or South Americans come to the Premier League [people] ask if they can cope with the physical demands but I think he’s more German or European than South American, mentally.

“He never shirked a challenge in Germany, he was always one of the first ones to go where it hurts, and I think he’s shown that in his few games for the club.

“He’s got tremendous ability and, coupled with the mental strength he’s got, I think he could be a great asset for the club for a long time to come.”

Firmino scored his first goal and made his first assist in 10 Premier League games for the five-time European champions at City on Saturday night.

The South American was one of Liverpool’s marquee summer signings after he was snapped up by Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

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