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Klopp Talk: Firmino “A Fantastic Player”

The Reds boss talked up our #9 ahead of the trip to Swansea

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Liverpool Training Session Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Hi, I’m Captain Obvious and I’m here to tell you: Roberto Firmino is good at football.

I mean, you see it too. Right? He’s having, inarguably, his best season for Liverpool right now. He’s scored 10 goals and tallied 5 assists in the Premier League this season so far. He would be our top scorer were it not for Mo Salah. And there’s an unmistakable sense that the best is yet to come.

In short: he’s good. Really good.

If you don’t believe me, and you don’t believe your own eyes, you can take it from my German counterpart in obviousness, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (I guess his name would be Herr Offensichtlich?) Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Swansea City, Klopp told reporters that the Brazilian is frequently on the receiving end of glowing praise from teammates.

“I don’t think that it’s possible that somebody could get more credit, compliments, praise, whatever you want to say as Roberto gets from us,” said Klopp. ”But it’s well deserved - everything. He’s a fantastic football player. You see him in training and think, ‘what a work ethic, what an attitude’, and he brings it on the pitch as well.”

Klopp made a point of singling out Firmino’s work ethic in training.

“He never rests. You have to pull him out, you have to tell him, ‘come on, stop, sit here, calm.’”

Klopp also said that Bobby Firm is the kind of player everyone would want in their squad.

“I’m pretty sure if I give the players the opportunity to have a free choice in training [to] build teams by themselves, Bobby is one of the first they would pick,” Klopp said. ”[It’s] nice to have him around [and] better to have him than in the other team. That’s maybe the best thing you can say about a football player.”

I’m certainly glad he’s wearing our colors!

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