Firmino says sacking Rodgers at Liverpool was ‘a must’

Date published: Saturday 21st November 2015 11:09

Roberto Firmino: Rodgers had to go

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has claimed it was “a must” that Brendan Rodgers was sacked because of the club’s poor results.

The 24-year-old Brazilian, who was signed in the summer for £22million from Hoffenheim, says he is appreciating the “good vibes” from new manager Jurgen Klopp.

“It was a short period [under Rodgers] but I considered him a great manager but I didn’t get much playing time under him,” Firmino told Sky Sports’ Barclays Premier League Weekly.

“When results don’t come along, it is a must to switch managers.

“I think Klopp has the typical Germany mentality, which I am used to as I played for four years in Germany.

“I do like his German methods, he concentrates and focuses on what he wants. I think he will help us. We are already getting what he wants from us.

“He brings good vibes, we are on a positive path and we are always aiming high.”

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he played a key role in persuading Firmino to join in the summer.

“I don’t know if I had any influence on his arrival, but I gave him loads of incentive when I knew there was a possibility [of Firmino joining],” he told the Daily Star.

“I was in the national team with him and I told him: ‘You have to join.’

“The truth is, he’s a great player and I’m happy he is here. I am happy to be playing alongside these good players.”

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