While he may have narrowly missed out on bagging a goal or two as Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, Reds attacker Roberto Firmino is starting to show why the Anfield outfit splashed the cash to bring the exciting Brazilian to Anfield in the summer.
“It is important for a new player when he comes to a new club to show this, but he doesn’t have to show me anything because I know him very well,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp following the final whistle when asked about Firmino — who was named Man of the Match following his impressive display against AFC Bournemouth. “We all now know a little bit more about him and that’s important.”
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The 24-year old, who has had his appearances limited after picking up an injury early in the League Cup win over Carlisle United in the previous round, put in arguably his best appearance in the famous red shirt against the Cherries, playing an integral part in Nathaniel Clyne’s goal and looking unlucky not to have added his own — something that his boss knows he’ll be doing soon enough.
“It was very intensive for him tonight and if we hadn’t had to make a change in the first half with Kolo, we would have changed him a little earlier. We had to wait because maybe we would have to go into extra-time, so it was not easy [for him] but he worked really hard,” explained Klopp, hinting that the Brazilian will be in contention to feature against Chelsea at the weekend. “He is ready, he is prepared for this league for sure, he is physically strong and a good technician – everything you saw,” he continued, before adding, “And usually he is a good finisher. He is a good player.”