Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino has admitted that he was delighted when he heard the news that Jurgen Klopp had been appointed as the club’s new manager.
The German tactician replaced the dismissed Brendan Rodgers earlier this term and has overseen an upturn in the Merseyside outfit’s fortunes with a positive attitude and energy at Anfield.
Firmino was signed by Rodgers in the summer after impressing for Hoffenheim, but took time to get fit and adapt to life at the English club.
A star performance in the 4-1 win over Manchester City recently showed the Brazil international’s potential, while he has the versatility to operate in a number of attacking roles.
Firmino has accredited his progression on the pitch to the arrival of Klopp, who he has a good working relationship with.
“I was really happy,” he told The Telegraph.
“I hadn’t really been playing up to that point and he knew me and I knew him. We get on well. He gets on with all the players. He has made a really good impression. The German mentality is really good and it is something that I also have a bit of too.
“I speak German to him but I can understand a lot of English already because I am studying. He’s an excellent coach. He managed Dortmund and has won titles in the Bundesliga, which is very difficult.
“He has always been really competitive in the Champions League … he’s having an effect already. I think we can achieve things.”
Liverpool travel to take on Newcastle this weekend and could well move within a whisker of the top four with victory if the teams around them slip up.