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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that the Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino is being appreciated more since the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
The 26 year old sensation, Firmino has enjoyed a fruitful campaign so far, scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season. The Brazilian is having his best season since his arrival from Hoffenhiem to the Merseyside club in 2015. Firmino had a slow start to his Anfield carrer but hit the ground running since Klopp’s takeover.
Jurgen Klopp feels Coutinho’s move to Barcelona in January has allowed Firmino – who has netted seven times in eight Champions League games – 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.”
Firmino is one of the most productive attackers across Europe right now. Along with his 20 goals in 36 games this season, Firmino has also provided 11 assists in all competitions.