Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the Daily Mirror that he thinks Roberto Firmino can be an important player for the Reds.
Klopp has drawn each of his first three games as Liverpool boss since being appointed earlier this month, and will now be looking for his first win against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup this evening.
The German is still assessing his squad, but there is one particular Liverpool player who the former Borussia Dortmund boss remains a big fan of.
Brazilian playmaker Firmino, 24, joined the Reds in a big-money deal over the summer, leaving Hoffenheim for a shot in the Premier League.
With 38 goals and 24 assists in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim, Firmino established himself as one of the top attacking talents in German football, but has made a slow start to life at Anfield.
Firmino has made just three Premier League starts so far this term, but having gone up against Firmino in the Bundesliga, Klopp has told The Mirror that he is a big fan of the Brazilian - and explained what he thought when Liverpool signed him over the summer.
"He’s a skilled player. I’d say a year ago for a few months for sure he was the best player in the Bundesliga," said Klopp. "From the first day everyone could see he can become a very, very good player...when I heard Liverpool took him, I thought 'good choice'. He needed time when he came in but...he’s strong with the ball, physically strong, fast in a good football way, gets his body between opponent and ball."
"What kind of player is he? He is in the Brazil national team, and the last game I think he played as a nine, so he can play there. But usually he plays as an offensive midfielder or second striker. He can come in from the wing, he can play in the centre. He has quality and I think everyone recognises that," he added.
Klopp's comments suggest that Firmino is likely to be a big player for Liverpool whilst the German is in charge at Anfield, but finding a role for him in the team may be difficult, considering that Klopp already has the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana at his disposal.