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
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.
Liverpool are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.