Roberto Firmino opens up about Liverpool FC relationship with Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool FC forward pays credit to his manager Jurgen Klopp, describing the German coach as an important influence on his career

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino Photo: Adidas

Roberto Firmino has described Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp as very “important” to the Brazil international.

The 26-year-old moved to Liverpool in a £29m deal from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the 2015 summer transfer window under Northern Irishman coach Brendan Rodgers.

Firmino made a slow start to his Liverpool career but Klopp’s appointment as Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 kick-started the South American’s career.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager was an admirer of the Brazilian forward from his time in the Bundesliga and Klopp utlilised Firmino in a false number nine role.

The South American has scored 30 times in 106 appearances in all competitions throughout his Liverpool career so far after nailing down a regular starting spot under Klopp.

Under the German coach, Firmino has forged a brilliant attacking partnership with compatriot Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to produce some devastating performances.

And the Liverpool No9 spoke about his working relationship with Klopp over the past 24 months or so.

“His importance to me is quite huge,” Firmino told Premier League Productions.

“He helps me in the daily training sessions and I’ve learned a lot with him. He’s been obtaining the best of me, the maximum possible.

“He’s an exceptional manager and I’m honoured to work with him… I think since his arrival things have changed for the better.”

Biography: Find out more about Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino

Firmino has scored 24 goals in 76 appearances in the Premier League to make a solid start to his career in the English top flight.

Liverpool are in fifth place in the Premier League table after last weekend’s 4-1 win at West Ham United.

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