Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Roberto Firmino's performance against Bournemouth

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Reds playmaker Roberto Firmino was excellent against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

Firmino, 24, was snapped up by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers over the summer, having racked up 38 goals and 24 assists for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

The Brazilian star was seen as a big signing for Liverpool, but has so far struggled to make a real impact in England, having started just three Premier League games to date.

However, new manager Jurgen Klopp is familiar with Firmino having gone up against him whilst serving as Borussia Dortmund boss, and it now looks like the the Brazilian could be a key figure at Anfield.

Firmino started in the 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth on Wednesday evening, and he was instrumental throughout, going close to scoring in the first half whilst he also showed nice touches to create opportunities for his team-mates in the final third.

Now, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has reflected on Firmino's display whilst speaking to Sky Sports, suggesting that he was the standout player on the pitch, and his performance could be a sign of things to come for Firmino in English football.

However, Carragher did also point out a potential problem for Klopp, stating that there are a number of players who want to play as a No. 10 for Liverpool, meaning he could face a real selection headache.

"You're not expecting new players into this league to be absolute superstars, but for him that was a sign tonight that there is a player there," said Carragher. "We haven't seen much evidence of it this season, but it gives us something over the next few weeks. We still want him to improve, want him to do it in big games against better opposition. But tonight was a start for him."

"He was the standout player on the pitch. Everything came through him. Tonight we've seen him in that attacking midfield role, central. The problem is Liverpool have got other players who also want to play there. That's going to be the thing for Jurgen Klopp, how is he going to fit maybe two of those three players in?"

"But Firmino got the shirt tonight in that role, and showed glimpses of what he's about, some class touches. He's played in the Bundesliga and Jurgen Klopp knows what he can do, and that's going to be a massive help for him," he added.

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