Klopp hails outstanding Firmino

14 February 2018 07:34:58 EST

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is pleased that Roberto Firmino is finally being praised for his excellent form this season.

The 26-year-old has reached a new level since Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona last month, according to Klopp.

Firmino has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, including seven in eight Champions League games.

"When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here," Klopp said ahead of Liverpool's Chamlpions League last-16 first leg tie against Porto.

The Reds are 23/20 to win the match with Firmino 7/4 to score at any time.

Klopp added: "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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