Roberto Firmino has been earning all the plaudits in recent weeks for Liverpool.
After a somewhat difficult start in the shadow of fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, Firmino has since come into his own. He is arguably one of Liverpool’s most creative players at the moment and he has quickly been picking up support from all over the world.
Even former Brazil star Ronaldinho has been incredibly impressed with the former Hoffenheim man – high praise indeed from one of the greats of the game. The ex-AC Milan man likened Firmino to Andres Iniesta in a recent interview where he said: “I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be.
“He’s in the same class as [Mesut] Ozil, [David] Silva, Iniesta, and all the other great players who play that role.”
Woah- high praise indeed, but is it warranted?
Recent performances have suggested that he should be held in high esteem. Firmino has an excellent touch, superb vision and also a canny ability to strike the ball -as we’ve in weeks gone by.
If he can hold down his position in the Liverpool starting XI, he could become an anchor – a player that Klopp could potentially build his squad around.
In Klopp, Liverpool have one of the best coaches in the world. But right now, he needs to get better players in and around Firmino to get even more out of his game. Players will undoubtedly progress when paired with fellow stars and Klopp needs to make sure he brings in quality names to get the most out of the emerging talent.
But what is so nice to see is that Firmino seems genuinely pleased to be a part of this new and exciting Liverpool set-up. The potential for Alex Teixeira to sign is also a massive plus point for Klopp in his attempts to keep hold of his Brazilian contingent.
It seems like Klopp has a definite plan in place and should the deal to sign Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk (albeit it looks unlikely to happen this month) go through, I think this would definitely be a fantastic string to Firmino’s bow.
What is important is that people give him time. Remember Mesut Ozil? He had a quick flash or brilliance and then disappeared until the current season. His time as a recluse has made him one of the world’s best players again and there will be a spell when Firmino drops off. It’s normal.
All that is needed is a main target man for him to truly open up the space. It’s quite clear that Christian Benteke isn’t a part of Klopp’s short-term or long-term goals and with Daniel Sturridge constantly injured, Liverpool need someone at the top of the team to give them that last bit of quality.
There is potential for Firmino and Sturridge to play off one another at the top, but the Englishman desperately needs to get himself fit or he will be bypassed as the team progresses.
Firmino is doing well and with the addition of some quality players, he has bags of potential to become one of the best.