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Jason McAteer comments on Liverpool star Roberto Firmino

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Conall Murtagh first-team fitness coach during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 17, 2019 in...

Roberto Firmino joined Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was the manager.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 17, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Jason McAteer has suggested in The Racing Post that Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers could not work out Roberto Firmino when he was in charge of Liverpool.

Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £29 million.

The 28-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as an attacking midfielder, did not make a huge impact initially, but under current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, the Brazil international has established himself as one of the best players in the world.

McAteer wrote in The Racing Post: “There are key individuals in this Liverpool team. They have had some great number nines and Roberto Firmino makes this side tick.

"Brendan Rodgers couldn't work out where to play him when he was first at the club, trying him out on the left. Then Klopp came along with his 4-3-3 system featuring a hard-working midfield and explosive front three.

“They needed a magician in that attack who pulls everything together and it is similar to how Lionel Messi has played in a Barcelona team set up around him. Firmino is Liverpool's Messi.”

Brendan Rogers the head coach

World-class footballer

Firmino is a world-class footballer, and the Brazilian has taken his game to another level under manager Klopp.

Now valued at €150 million (£129.3m) by the CIES Football Observatory, the 28-year-old scores goals and creates chances for his teammates.

According to WhoScored, the Brazilian has scored three goals and provided three assists in eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool so far this season, while during the 2018-19 campaign, the attacker scored 12 goals and provided six assists in the process.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 17, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

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