Roberto Firmino finally showed Liverpool fans why we spent £29m on him in the summer on Wednesday evening, putting in a Man of the Match performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup.
He didn’t register a goal or an assist but was the creative hub of everything we did well, and expertly slipped Joao Teixeira though on goal in the lead up to our winner.
As a result, he’s in line to make a Premier League start for the first time since we lost to Manchester United mid September.
The attacker played for Figueirense as a youth in Brazil, but was snapped up Hoffenheim back in 2011, where he carved a reputation as a skilful and hardworking creative threat – bagging 38 goals in 140 Bundesliga games. As a result, he reckons he has the characteristics and mentality to thrive under our new manager Jurgen Klopp – who’d been working as a player and manager in Germany since the early 1990s.
“I was playing in Germany for four and a half years so I have a bit of a German mentality,” Firmino told the official website.
“And he has a typical German mentality because he is funny, he is easy to work with and I’m sure he’s going to pass that on to us.
“Hopefully things will improve but we are already picking up what he wants to do at the club.
“The manager told me to do my best and to be happy playing football, that’s what I love to do.”