Jurgen Klopp runs over Liverpool’s ‘complete’ Roberto Firmino
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Roberto Firmino
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino as the “complete offensive player”.
The Brazil international scored his first Premier League goal in Liverpool’s impressive 4-1 win against Manchester City at The Etihad last weekend.
Firmino also made his first assist in the English top-flight after he teed up compatriot Philippe Coutinho, with the pair forging a strong partnership.
Liverpool manager Klopp, who previously admitted that he was a big fan of Firmino during his time as Borussia Dortmund manager, praised the 24-year-old ahead of Sunday’s clash against Swansea City.
“Firmino is a complete offensive player. He can play each position. It took him time to move from Hoffenheim – a small development club in Germany – to play at Liverpool,” Klopp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“[It was] a big difference and he needed to adapt to his new situation, this new pressure.
“I know him very well from Germany so he does not have to show something special to me because I know everything about him and his qualities.
“He’s a nice lad. His English is getting better.”
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.