Roberto Firmino backs Liverpool’s big decision

Roberto Firmino says he was not surprised to see Liverpool sack Brendan Rodgers last month

Roberto Firmino insists that he was not surprised to see Brendan Rodgers sacked by Liverpool after a stuttering start to the season for the Reds.

The Northern Irishman was given his marching orders after three-and-a-half years in charge at Anfield in the wake of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby last month.

The Reds moved quickly to appoint Jurgen Klopp as Rodgers’ successor at Anfield, with the German coach guiding Liverpool to an impressive 3-1 win at Chelsea earlier this month.

Firmino did not get much playing time under Rodgers at Anfield but has impressed for the Reds since Klopp’s appointment at the club.

And speaking ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, Firmino admitted that he was not surprised to see Rodgers get the chop.

Firmino told Sky Sports’ Barclays Premier League Weekly: “It was a short period [under Rodgers] but I considered him a great manager but I didn’t get much playing time under him. When results don’t come along, it is a must to switch managers.

“I think Klopp has the typical Germany mentality, which I am used to as I played for four years in Germany.

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“I do like his German methods, he concentrates and focuses on what he wants. I think he will help us. We are already getting what he wants from us. He brings good vibes, we are on a positive path and we are always aiming high.”

Liverpool head into Saturday’s clash with City on the back of their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace before the international break.

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