Phil Thompson claims Roberto Firmino is a 'dream to watch', makes Suarez comparison

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Phil Thompson has raved about Liverpool star Roberto Firmino.

Pundit Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday that he thinks Liverpool may have found their new Luis Suarez in Roberto Firmino.

The Reds weren't in action over the weekend, as their game against Chelsea was postponed due to the Blues' FA Cup commitments, but fans are certainly happy right now.

After recently hammering Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, Liverpool then beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home, and were simply superb in the 2-0 Europa League win over Manchester United on Thursday.

Supporters firmly believe that major steps are being taken under manager Jurgen Klopp, who is really starting to have an affect on the Liverpool players having been appointed as Brendan Rodgers' replacement back in October, and no player has improved more under Klopp than Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian, a summer signing from Hoffenheim, struggled to make any sort of an impact under Rodgers, but Klopp arrived having faced him whilst Borussia Dortmund, and seemingly knows how to get the best out of him.

The 24-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, has hit eight goals and four assists since the turn of the year, and his performances have recently triggered comparisons to former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez, who the Reds have struggled to replace since his 2014 move to Barcelona.

Now, former Liverpool player, coach and current pundit Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday that he thinks a level of anger is all that really separates Firmino from being a similar player to the controversial Suarez, but admitted that the Liverpool sensation is a 'dream to watch', especially alongside his compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

"In fairness to this boy, he took a long time to settle," said Thompson. "He wasn't producing the goods, he was played by Brendan time and time again. If he had that mean streak in him like Luis Suarez, that little bit of anger [they'd be similar], but he does it in a different way. This boy is quicker than what you think, he's got all the tricks, and it is reminiscent of Luis Suarez."

"Now he's scoring the goals - I think it's eight in nine that he's scored - he's proving to be an integral part of this Liverpool side. He's an absolute dream to watch. When him and Coutinho are on the same wave length, they're sensational, they just need to do it more consistently, and particularly against the lesser teams," he added.

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