Jan Molby backs Liverpool's Roberto Firmino to produce a lot more for the Reds

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Firmino made his first start for Liverpool in the 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Monday

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has, in the Liverpool Echo, backed Roberto Firmino to produce more after a relatively impressive first start for the club in the 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Monday night. 

Firmino played 60 minutes as he continues to build up his fitness following his £29 million arrival from Hoffenheim - as reported by the BBC.

His most notable contribution in the game will have been the delivery that allowed Christian Benteke to force a top class save from Petr Cech at close range, with many saying the Belgian should have scored.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby wrote: "When you look at the set-up we have and we pack the central midfield with certain types of players, it was a nice game for Firmino to have.

"He showed some nice touches but I fully expect a lot more from him. You instantly look at him though and think you can't see him being a problem and he'll come through and he'll definitely be able to show us what he can do. He creates goals and scores them and will only improve."

There has been much excitement around the signing of Firmino but, having linked up with the first team squad late after his appearance with Brazil at the Copa America, it's going to be a little while yet before we see the best of the South American.

Molby clearly thinks that Firmino will develop into a good signing, and once he gets to full fitness he looks as if he could be a more effective contributor to the side. 

The way he controls the ball and finds space to be effective proves that he is an intelligent footballer, and the only thing that was missing from the front three of himself, Benteke and Philippe Coutinho at the Emirates was a goal, as the trio seemed to combine pretty well. 

Molby suggested it was a nice game for Firmino to make his first start, given Liverpool packed the midfield, but impressing against one of the league's bigger names gives him a decent platform to kick on from. 

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