Often when players go away on a lengthy international break and give interviews to local national newspapers, they state their discontent at club level, before claiming their quotes were simply ‘lost in translation’.
It used to regularly happen with Luis Suarez in South America and to a lesser extent with Christian Benteke in Belgium, but Roberto Firmino’s interview with Brazilian paper O Jogo* puts a smile on our face.
Firmino’s praised Liverpool as a club and the intricate management of Jurgen Klopp, someone who’s undeniably getting the best out of him.
“Liverpool have a way of working that has everything to succeed. The punctual signings to strengthen our squad were well planned and improved our football,” he began.
“English football is a bit faster and the technical level is higher than in Germany, but a big factor is that there are more games, which makes the intensity bigger.
“Klopp is friends with everyone who surrounds him, works with great respect and has the affection of everyone wherever he goes. On the other hand, he is very demanding, both with himself and with everyone who is part of our daily work, on and off the field. He is a football scholar, he analyses each match in every detail that may exist.”
Our no.11 is a sub for Brazil so will hopefully return to Merseyside relatively fresh, which we need him to be with the important Southampton clash on the horizon.
A win will guarantee we’re top of the table going into the weekend after where we host Sunderland, another great opportunity for three points.
Playing centrally, Firmino has been a creative presence who’s also shown an ability to find the back of the net. Fans are delighted with him and hope his upsurge continues. At the current rate, Coutinho won’t be the only Liverpool attacker to attract interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.
*(Translated by the Echo)