Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino is being appreciated more after Philippe Coutinho left

Roberto Firmino

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes forward Roberto Firmino will be appreciated more since the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

Klopp feels that since Coutinho’s move to Barcelona in January, Firmino, who has netted seven times in eight Champions League games, will be able to take more of the limelight.

“When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here,” the German said ahead of his side’s last-16 tie against Porto.

“I don’t think he has stepped up recently but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. That’s how it is.

“He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good.

“Is he underrated? I don’t think so, not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. But people with a football brain judge him right.”

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