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Roberto Firmino says Liverpool were right to axe Brendan Rodgers for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool playmaker Roberto Firmino has insisted that it was the right call to sack Brendan Rodgers in favour of Jurgen Klopp.

A miserable run of form under Brendan Rodgers saw the Northern Irishman sacked as manager last month, and the former Swansea boss was unexpectedly given his marching orders just hours after the 1-1 draw with Everton on October 4.

Apathy and unrest had well and truly settled in amongst supporters, but Klopp’s arrival last month has re-energised a fanbase that had lost faith in Rodgers’ ability to extract the true potential from a squad that had seen around £80 million invested into it in the summer.

Klopp’s results on the pitch have been steady if unremarkable, with the highlight coming with a 3-1 win away to Stamford Bridge on October 31, and the charismatic former Borussia Dortmund coach has overseen three wins, three draws and a defeat from his first seven games in the Anfield hotseat.

The Reds come up against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday evening, and Firmino, a £29m arrival from Hoffenheim in the summer, believes that Klopp was the correct appointment from the club’s Fenway Sports Group ownership.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder told Sky Sports’ Barclays Premier League Weekly: “It was a short period [under Rodgers] but I considered him a great manager but I didn’t get much playing time under him. When results don’t come along, it is a must to switch managers.

“I think Klopp has the typical Germany mentality, which I am used to as I played for four years in Germany.

“I do like his German methods, he concentrates and focuses on what he wants. I think he will help us. We are already getting what he wants from us. He brings good vibes, we are on a positive path and we are always aiming high.”

Firmino has started slowly in England, but has found form of late, and his best performance for the Reds came in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth last month, prior to the victory over Jose Mourinho’s champions.

However, the ex-Hoffenheim man is expecting to improve and adjust to the high octane nature of Premier League football.

“Thank God I am still developing to this day and I hope to continue in this way,” he added. “In Brazil, it is mainly very technical, but it is quite different to England. It doesn’t have the same pace. Football here is quicker, tactical. In Brazil, it is more calm and there is more quality, but both are good.

“I can’t predict the future. We have to go step by step, game by game and we will see from there.”

Klopp has Daniel Sturridge available to him again ahead of the visit to the Etihad, but the striker is expected to be part of the substitutes in Manchester after failing to feature under his new boss after picking up a knee injury in training in a collision with Jordon Ibe.

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