Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to working with a fully-fit Roberto Firmino at Liverpool as the Brazilian prepares to face Bournemouth.
Firmino is in contention to start Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup tie at Anfield after coming off the bench in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday.
Firmino cost Liverpool £29million when he joined the club from Hoffenheim in the summer, but the 24-year-old is still searching for his first goal.
The back injury he suffered in the Capital One Cup last month has not helped, but Klopp knows just what Firmino is capable of having seen the Brazilian star in the Bundesliga last season.
“One year ago he was for a few months for sure the best player in the Bundesliga,” said the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
“From the first day on everybody could see he can be a very, very good player. When I heard Liverpool took him I thought, ‘good choice’.
“He was injured but when he came in you could see he’s strong, he’s fast in a good football way. He’s an important player for us and I hope he can play.”
The clash which will go ahead as planned on Wednesday after Anfield was cleared following an evacuation on Tuesday.
The club reported a man had gone missing from a tour group that was visiting Anfield, which led to a police operation at the stadium from mid-afternoon until late evening. But after a search, both Merseyside Police and the football club said they were confident the stadium was secure.
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