Jurgen Klopp: Why this Liverpool FC star is really rare in world football
The Liverpool FC boss hails Roberto Firmino as a rare breed of footballer
Jurgen Klopp has explained why Liverpool FC star Roberto Firmino is a rare breed of footballer.
The Brazil international has become a fans’ favourite since his move to Liverpool FC from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in a £29m deal under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers in the 2015 summer transfer window.
Firmino has come into his own at the Anfield club following Klopp’s appointment in October 2015 after the German head coach opted to use the Brazilian forward in a false number nine role.
The South American has scored 15 goals and has made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League this season, while Firmino has netted 10 times and has created six goals to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League.
The Brazilian star has committed to a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC to end transfer speculation surrounding his future at the 18-time English champions amid reported interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Firmino’s new contract, Klopp said:
“He’s a footballer, from his head to his toes. He enjoys playing football and he’s not bothered about hard work, which is another important thing.
“Because [James Milner] didn’t play the last game from the start [against Stoke City], Roberto had the highest distance covered. For an offensive player that is pretty rare in world football.
“I often think that because he doesn’t give himself a rest I have to do it from time to time. That’s all good and how football should be.
“You play it because you have the opportunity to make your mates better and they help you to become the best player you can be. It’s as simple as that.
“I am happy to have Roberto around – he’s just a good boy in the dressing room. It’s perfect news.”
Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League but the Reds still aren’t assured of a top-four place after Klopp’s side were held to a goalless home draw with West Brom at Anfield before Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners at Swansea City.