Jurgen Klopp is “one of the best” I have worked with – Roberto Firmino

on 27.02.2016

Continuing to develop into one of Liverpool’s key players under Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Firmino has hailed the German’s influence on his game.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - Friday, January 22, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Roberto Firmino after the dramatic 5-4 victory over Norwich City during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Firmino arrived in a deal worth £29 million last summer, but it wasn’t until Klopp’s arrival that he found form in a Liverpool shirt.

Moved from his regular role out wide to a focal, central role in Liverpool’s attacking line, Firmino has blossomed into a devastating forward option, scoring six goals and registering seven assists in 23 Premier League appearances.

The Brazilian will be key to the Reds’ success against Manchester City in Sunday’s League Cup final, and speaking to Sky Sports before the game, he lauded Klopp as a major influence.

“He’s one of the best, if not the best I have worked with,” he said.

“We’re very happy with him since he arrived, he has changed the team’s style of play and now we’re playing better.

“In Germany, this style of pressing happens a lot. I like his mentality.

“He brings his own philosophy, which is working for us. We are looking forward every day to improve.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates the Manchester City own goal scored by Mangala during the Premier League match against Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a slow start, Firmino believes he has finally settled on Merseyside—and much of that is due to the help of his fellow Brazilians, Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho.

“I am enjoying playing for Liverpool, alongside the Brazilians and rest of the team,” he continued.

“I get on well with the players and am enjoying the city.

“We’ve talked about the weather and I have adapted well and now I feel 100 percent settled in and I just want to play football with this team.”

This is a sentiment echoed by Coutinho, who joined Firmino in interview ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wembley Stadium.

“Since I arrived here, I have made the most of the opportunity,” the No. 10 explained.

“It has been a dream for me to wear the shirt for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“Every time I go out on the pitch, I try to improve, enjoy myself and help the team.”

Coutinho detailed how Liverpool were in a “good period” under Klopp at present, and after a long period of adaptation, the Reds are edging closer to the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s vision of football.

Central to this are the attacking endeavours of Coutinho and Firmino, and the duo will be hoping to put City to the sword once again on Sunday afternoon—and repeat November’s 4-1 win.

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  1. Most players have been resurrected by Klopp. Glad to see the players coming out to express their confidence in our world class manager. Hope they express their confidence on the pitch tomorrow, and bring home the trophy!

    • We are 7-5-6 in the league under Klopp. Not sure which players you are talking about, except maybe Joe Allen.

  2. What a worthless compliment that is.

    “He’s one of the best, if not the best I have worked with.”

    So, Liverpool is the third club in his pro-career, he is 24 years old. How many managers did he play for?

    These are hard-earned words from a player with a long career not from a player who achieved nothing in his career so far.

    • He’s played for several coaches for Brazil, probably a number of coaches coming up, plus four club managers. To say he’s achieved nothing is harsh, he’s playing at the the top level both at the club level and the international level. A really fine player.

  3. we know Klopp is good…
    what we want to hear is from Klopp saying :
    “these are the best players I’ve ever worked with”

  4. need you to pass more across the box when you’re out wide and find better shooting positions too.
    Isn’t really linking with Sturridge so we have a new not scoring goals problem. If they don’t work it out there’ll be calls for benteke to come back in!!
    this is our weakness right now unlike Citeh so if we don’t sort it they’ll be easy 3-0 winners over us.

  5. Decent 1st season Firms, decent … some angles of Suarez in your play (some) I hope you get better and better. Perhaps a pan of scouse regularly to beef you up bit lad.

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