Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian played a key role in Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City last weekend.
The 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium earned the Reds the LV Performance of the Week Award, which Klopp gratefully received.
And speaking about Firmino, who scored his first Liverpool goal in the game, Klopp said he believes the 24-year-old is starting to feel settled in England having moved to the Premier League from the Bundesliga in the summer.
Klopp said: “Firmino is a complete offensive player. He can play each position. It took him time to move from Hoffenheim – a small development club in Germany – to play at Liverpool.
“[It was] a big difference and he needed to adapt to his new situation, this new pressure.
“I know him very well from Germany so he does not have to show something special to me because I know everything about him and his qualities.
“He’s a nice lad. His English is getting better.”
As for the win over City, Klopp added: “Man City were not in the best of shape or best formation, but everyone knows you need a little bit of luck to beat a real big team.
“We took the chance at the right moment and it felt good. City defend with a strict defensive line so we knew we had to get behind that line.
“And Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino did it. Diagonal runs, and good timing with our passes and you force your opponent to make a mistake and that’s what happened with the first goal.
“Philippe Coutinho made a perfect run for the second, the third was a good decision by the official but correct. It was close but not offside and the fourth was perfect.”