Jamie Carragher was impressed by Roberto Firmino in Liverpool’s win over Bournemouth and reckons Jurgen Klopp would be good to have a beer with.
Firmino played a starring role at Anfield on Wednesday night as Klopp recorded his first win in charge of Liverpool at the fourth time of asking.
It was Firmino’s best performance for the Reds since his £21million move from Hoffenheim in the summer, and Carragher hopes it was a sign of things to come from the Brazilian.
“You’re not expecting new players into this league to be absolute superstars, but for him that was a sign tonight that there is a player there,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“We haven’t seen much evidence of it this season, but it gives us something over the next few weeks.
“We still want him to improve, want him to do it in big games against better opposition. But tonight was a start for him.
“He was the standout player on the pitch. Everything came through him.”
Firmino played in a central playmaker role against Bournemouth, behind Divock Origi, and Carragher says the only problem for Klopp will be fitting him into the same team as Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.
“Tonight we’ve seen him in that attacking midfield role, central,” Carragher said. “The problem is Liverpool have got other players who also want to play there.
“That’s going to be the thing for Jurgen Klopp, how is he going to fit maybe two of those three players in?
“But Firmino got the shirt tonight in that role, and showed glimpses of what he’s about, some class touches.
“He’s played in the Bundesliga and Jurgen Klopp knows what he can do, and that’s going to be a massive help for him.”
Carragher also had praise for Klopp after the win and said he would have loved to have played under the German.
“He looks like the type of fella you would like to go for a bevvy with,” Carragher added. “He is the type of fella you look at and you would like to play for him.
“There are managers you look at, you judge them, you watch them, and you think: ‘I would love to have played for him.’ He is that type.
“He is the type of manager you look at, gets his arm around players, energy, bit of life about him on the training pitch, he seems a decent fella.
“The main thing is the job he does at Liverpool. That’s what he’ll be judged on. It was massive for him to get his first win.”
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