Roberto Firmino raves about Klopp & names favourite position

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Roberto Firmino, like most of his Liverpool team-mates, is pretty keen on manager Jurgen Klopp.

In fact, the Brazilian has gone as far as to name him the greatest coach he’s worked under, having also played for Brazil boss Dunga.

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“[He’s] the best manager I’ve worked with,” he told Liverpool FC’s official magazine, cited by the official website. 

“I don’t say that because he picks me all of the time. It’s because of his mentality and personality.

“He gives confidence to all of the players. He knows what your potential is, so he always says just one or two words to give you confidence and show trust.

“That’s important for players. I think everybody likes working with him and we are all improving because of him.”

The 23-year-old started slowly in truth, failing to contribute a goal or an assist under Brendan Rodgers before initially finding himself in and out of the side under Klopp.

But he found his feet before Christmas and is now the team’s top scorer and one of the first names in our strongest XI.

Firmino’s registered nine goals and eight assists in all competitions, but has eight strikes in his past 13 matches – a very good contribution for a player switching between the false-9 and attacking midfield positions.

But it’s centrally that Firmino enjoys most, which is interesting considering he only started playing that role for us this season.

“I enjoy playing as a striker. I am there to help the team and I’m happy as long as I am playing,” he continued.

“It is another challenge. I am playing in this position and I am well-prepared for it.”

With Daniel Sturridge fit, it’s likely that Firmino will predominantly play behind him, alongside Coutinho and Adam Lallana.

That attack tore Manchester United apart in our last game, and will hopefully do so again at Old Trafford in the Last 16 second leg on Thursday.

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