Jamie Carragher: Why Jurgen Klopp absolutely loves Liverpool FC star
The Liverpool FC legend opens up about Roberto Firmino's importance under Jurgen Klopp
Jamie Carragher says Roberto Firmino’s ability to press from the front makes the Liverpool FC star a firm favourite of Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds forward has been one of the regular names on the Liverpool FC manager’s team sheet since the German coach took over the reins at Anfield in 2015.
Indeed, Klopp has polished the 26-year-old into one of the Premier League’s top forwards over the past two and a half seasons for his goals and overall contribution to the team.
Firmino is in the middle of his most prolific season to date following a return of 18 goals and eight assists in 33 games in all competitions this season.
The South American saw his compatriot Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona from Liverpool FC in the January transfer window after Lucas Leiva’s switch to Serie A giants Lazio last summer.
Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher underlined why Klopp is such a big fan of the Brazilian forward.
“Klopp absolutely loves that in terms of the way that he presses teams from the front,” Carragher told Monday Night Football Extra.
“There is something about South American players. They just seem to be able to keep going. Klopp said recently that Firmino has one rest day after a game and then he’s back on it in training and that’s exactly how Luis Suarez was. He never wanted a rest even in training.
“That is just how some people’s bodies are – they seem to be able to deal with anything.”
Liverpool FC signed Firmino in a £39m deal from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the 2015 summer transfer window.
The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table and on course to finish in the top four for the second successive season.