Klopp: Much More To Come From Firmino

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the performance of Firmino against Manchester City last weekend is just the beginning.

Firmino’s career at Liverpool is slow to start ever since moving from Hoffenheim, but he was exceptional against City when he was moved forward.

Klopp was not take by surprise with Firmino’s performance and believes the Brazilian is not done.

“I did not know him as a person before I came here but I knew him and liked him as a player [in the Bundesliga] and he is still not 100 per cent to where he can go – not even close yet,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach said.

“We spoke at the beginning and you could tell from his face he is looking forward to working together. I know him very well so he doesn’t have to do something special [to convince me].

“He is a big physical talent, really strong, it is not easy to get the ball from him. He is the complete offensive player.

“He is fast in a special way and very, very good at shooting, something we have not seen here until now.

“So still there is a lot to come and it is a good situation for the club.”

Firmino netted 49 goals in 153 appearances for Hoffenheim and Klopp highlighted the key differences of playing in Premier League.

“Roberto came from a club in Germany in Hoffenheim and it is a small one – very good players – and he was playing under not the biggest pressure,” he said.

“Then he made a transfer to a big club like Liverpool with all the things together – the pressure, the public, the media.

“You need time. He looks older than he is in terms of experience.

“Then he had some problems with his back injury, then not the best situation for the whole team.

“You come as a new player in a team that doesn’t work perfectly in this moment – they don’t get result after result. So that’s a situation for him.”



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