Firmino hopes Klopp can make him ‘Neymar of Liverpool’

Date published: Friday 16th September 2016 9:13

Roberto Firmino has praised manager Jurgen Klopp, and hopes the German can help him become the ‘Neymar of Liverpool’.

Firmino joined the Reds under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, who signed him for an initial £22million from Hoffenheim in summer 2015.

The Brazilian struggled initially, but blossomed under Klopp when he was appointed manager in October of that year.

Firmino has scored two Premier League goals this season, and has also been the top goalscorer during the Klopp era.

The 24-year-old praised his manager, telling the Daily Mail: “I played against Klopp’s teams for four-and-a-half years [in the Bundesliga]. I know what he wants from a player.

“When I heard that he was coming to be Liverpool manager, I was so pleased. I could not have been happier. I knew what he was going to bring here. He brought a style of work and play from Germany and the team has adapted to it.

“Our friendship is crystal clear. There is nothing behind it. He is a great person. If you do what he asks you to do, you will never let him down. Can he make me the Neymar of Liverpool? It all depends on me.

“He wants each of us to be like a runner. Don’t stop. Never stop. Keep going. That is the way it is for him and that is the way I like to play. You always have to be in motion.

“It comes easy to me to run. I picked a lot of it up from Germany. I had four-and-a-half years there and I learned you have to be on the automatic button. Press it and you go, you keep running, chasing and working. I always try to do a bit more than I am asked. I’ve been quite hyperactive since I was a child. I don’t like to stop.”

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