Roberto Firmino now first choice for Liverpool, says Phil Thompson

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The Brazilian has been in impressive form for the Reds over the last month.

Roberto Firmino’s performances for Liverpool in recent weeks have made him the first name on Jurgen Klopp’s team sheet, Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12:30pm on 13 February.

The Brazilian had initially struggled at Anfield, with a series of disappointing displays since his big money move from Hoffenheim in the summer.

However he has now settled and put in several impressive performances for the Reds over the last six weeks, with two goals against Arsenal in particular catching the eye.

And Thompson believes he has now made himself the first name on Jurgen Klopp’s team sheet.

“This boy has gone from looking like we haven’t got the right Brazilian to absolutely terrific in the last six weeks,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“He possesses more pace than you think. As Suarez could do, he scores goals but he’s a provider as well.

“This boy has been absolutely terrific and has probably nailed himself, on the attacking side of things, as the first name on the team sheet.”

What will be interesting to see is if Firmino can maintain that form should he be moved out of his preferred central role.

The Brazilian has flourished in that central position over the last month, but the number 10 role in the side is arguably Coutinho’s and Sturridge is the first choice striker should he remain fit.

That means Firmino could find himself forced out wide as he was earlier in the campaign and whether he can continue to star as he has remains to be seen.

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