Former Brazil Number 10 Ronaldinho believes Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is just as good as Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Andres Iniesta in his role.
Firmino has scored five times and contributed five assists since joining the Reds from Hoffenheim last summer for a fee of around £28m.
After an initial slow start to life in England, the 24-year old has hit form in recent weeks, scoring four in his last four games whilst starring in a central role for his team as a false 9.
Watching how Firmino has progressed with the Premier League giants in recent months under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp, Ronaldinho insisted he never doubted his countryman’s ability, and thinks Liverpool would benefit from building a team around him.
I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be,” Ronaldinho stated.
He’s one of the best at what he does in the world. He’s in the same class as Ozil, Silva, Iniesta, and all the other great players who play that role.
He’s the player that I’m sure Klopp will build his new Liverpool team around.
Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world, he will know that Liverpool need better players, he will know that Firmino will need better players around him to get the most out of his game.
I’m sure when he joined Liverpool, Klopp was promised he could bring in his own players, and with Firmino at the centre of the team, there’s no reason Liverpool cannot challenge once again.