Roberto Firmino has praised the role Jurgen Klopp has played for him at Liverpool.
In quotes from the Liverpool Echo, Firmino spoke about his first impressions of Klopp as the pair were both involved in German football.
“Whenever we came up against Dortmund, Jurgen was regularly in the middle of the field to observe the warm-up of the opposition players closely. I looked at him and I thought: what is going on, is he trying to get us bully? I found it interesting and it was always great to come up against this Dortmund team,” said the Brazilian.
Firmino spent four years at Hoffenheim, which coincided with Klopp’s second of consecutive titles with Dortmund. Their paths then crossed at Liverpool, where the manager turned the player into one of the most unique players we have ever seen at Liverpool.
It’s fair to say that Bobby appreciates his manager’s role in his success at Anfield.
“Having him with us today is amazing. He keeps giving me advice. He’s a huge father figure to me here at Liverpool. I’m so grateful to be playing under and being coached by a great leader. I thank him for everything I learned. I will always be very complimentary for everything he has done for me and also for the club,” the 30-year-old said.
Klopp and Firmino a match made in heaven
Firmino is absolutely right to praise Klopp for transforming his career at Liverpool. After arriving for nearly £30million in 2015, Brendan Rodgers just didn’t know what to do with him.
With hindsight, this is hardly a surprise. Rodgers reportedly wasn’t interested in bringing Firmino to the club, instead focusing on Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
Instead, Bobby’s arrival was due to Liverpool’s legendary ‘transfer committee’. What a great decision that turned out to be.
At the start of his time on Merseyside, that didn’t seem to be the case. Firmino struggled when asked to play wide and seemed a little overwhelmed with league physicality.
Enter Jurgen Klopp.
It took a little longer. But before long, Klopp had figured out exactly what to do with his Brazilian enigma.
Ever since the manager discovered that Firmino was at his best when leading the line, while not leading the line, Liverpool have won the lot.
He still has his critics, but when Firmino leaves Liverpool he will do so as a club legend. Without Klopp, this might not have happened. But without Firmino, maybe Klopp wouldn’t have been so successful either.
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