Rio Ferdinand claims 26-year-old brings out best in Liverpool FC team-mates

The Man United legend credits Roberto Firmino with getting the best out of his Liverpool FC team-mates

Liverpool FC star Roberto Firmino Photo: Adidas

Rio Ferdinand has credited Roberto Firmino with brining out the best in his Liverpool FC team-mates.

The Reds forward has thrived under Jurgen Klopp’s management following the German head coach’s appointment in October 2015.

Liverpool FC signed Firmino in a £29m deal from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim under Brendan Rodgers in the 2015 summer transfer window.

Klopp has used Firmino in a false number nine role to help bring out the best in his fellow Liverpool FC forwards.

The 26-year-old is enjoying his best season at Liverpool FC so far following a staggering return of 25 goals and 13 assists in 45 games in all competitions.

Firmino scored two goals and made two assists for Mohamed Salah in Liverpool FC’s 5-2 victory over Italian giants AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand heaped praise on Firmino following his magical Champions League performance.

“His performance was fantastic,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He’s the number nine who holds the ball up and brings others into play. He allows the others to play around him. The ball goes into him, it sticks and then you’ve got Salah and Mane running off him.”

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of Manchester United in runners up spot.

Firmino is reported to have a contract release clause of €98m that could attract interest from some top European clubs at the end of the season.

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