Jürgen Klopp revealed early in his tenor with Liverpool that he was a long time admirer of Roberto Firmino, whom he had faced when the Brazilian played against him in the Bundesliga. When Klopp arrived at Liverpool in October 2015, Firmino has already been recruited to the Reds by previous manager Brendan Rodgers and was making his mark in the midfield.
Since Klopp took over, Firmino has transformed from an attacking midfielder to leading the line as a center forward. Mixing his eye for goal with his technical abilities, and giving him the support of players like Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mané, has led to goals galore for the 26-year-old.
Recently, Firmino discussed his feelings about the boss and his importance in Firmino’s development.
“His importance to me is quite huge,” Firmino told Premier League Productions.
“He helps me in the daily training sessions and I’ve learned a lot with him. He’s been obtaining the best of me, the maximum possible. He’s an exceptional manager and I’m honoured to work with him… I think since his arrival things have changed for the better.”
“[I press] With a lot of pleasure. I love to put pressure on the opposition team, make their life difficult and if I can steal the ball it will be much easier for us to score.”
Kloppites, if you were looking for a good first line for your Tindr bio, you could do worse than “I press with a lot of pleasure.”
Life off the pitch seems to be going well for Firmino as well, as he had this to say about playing for the Reds:
“I’m very happy and it’s very gratifying coming to a huge club like Liverpool and living in this lovely city,” he stated. “The supporters are fantastic. I’ve never had problems with them and I hope that carries on for the rest of my time here.”
If he continues to play this well and avoids the tantrum-throwing mistakes of his fellow countryman, he should expect to have the fans’ support for a long time to come.