Jurgen Klopp: The Liverpool FC squad really appreciate what 26-year-old is doing
The Liverpool FC manager reveals what the Reds squad thinks of Roberto Firmino
Jurgen Klopp insists the Liverpool FC squad appreciate what Roberto Firmino brings to the Reds team.
The Brazil international is enjoying his best season at the Anfield outfit since his £29m move to Liverpool FC from Hoffenheim in the 2015 summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
The 26-year-old forward’s standout performances has prompted reports of potential interest from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and La Liga giants Real Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window.
However, Firmino committed his long-term future to Liverpool FC last weekend after the Brazilian forward signed a contract with the 18-time English champions to end speculation about his future.
The South American forward has scored 15 goals and has made seven assists in 35 games in the Premier League this season, while Firmino has netted 10 times and has created six goals for his team-mates in Liverpool FC’s run to the Champions League.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about how the Reds squad view Firmino, Klopp said:
“The other boys really respect him for all the work he’s doing.
“This constant discussion about whether he’s undervalued or whatever in public, this never happened for one second either in the club or in the team.
“He feels completely comfortable and is planning for the long-term here. That’s becoming rare because if you are not Barcelona or not Real Madrid then there’s usually another club somewhere you can go to.
“It’s really good news for us. He’s absolutely a big factor in our future.”
Liverpool FC haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
The Reds got their hands on the Champions League title in 2005 before Liverpool FC lost 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens in 2007.