Former player Paul Scholes says he was unconvinced on Roberto Firmino before the Liverpool star changed his mind with a superb performance during Thursday’s Europa League encounter, the Daily Mail report.
The Brazil international made a slow start to the season following his move from Hoffenheim, struggling to break in under Brendan Rodgers before performing inconsistently for current boss Jurgen Klopp.
However, since the turn of the year he has been one of the Premier League’s most creative attackers, and Scholes says his display during the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Thursday has swayed his opinion.
“I hadn't been sure about Firmino but this last week he has convinced me. He's been brilliant,” Scholes said.
The former United man was analysing Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Louis van Gaal’s men and added the gulf in quality between the two teams was huge on the night, saying: “When you saw the gulf in quality here, it was just incredible. Look at the forward players Liverpool had: Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge. They've got goals.”
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A number of Liverpool’s players have really stepped up their game in recent weeks but arguably none more so than Firmino, with the Brazilian playmaker showing exactly why the Reds paid big for him.
As shown by the table provided by Opta, Firmino has a higher number of combined goals and assists than any other Premier League player since the turn of the New Year.
Despite not being predominantly a centre-forward like Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero, the 24-year-old can play upfront as a number 9 or in a range of other positions in the final third, giving Klopp plenty of versatility.