Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino is “not even close” to showing his full potential at Liverpool yet.
The 24-year-old Brazilian was outstanding in last weekend’s 4-1 demolition of Manchester City, but one the whole he has struggled to get to grips with the Premier League.
Klopp has labelled the £29million summer recruit from Hoffenheim a “big physical talent” and is convinced there is plenty more to come from the player, who scored 38 Bundesliga goals in 140 appearances.
“I did not know him as a person before I came here but I knew him and liked him as a player and he is still not 100 percent to where he can go – not even close yet,” said Klopp.
“We spoke at the beginning and you could tell from his face he is looking forward to working together. I know him very well so he doesn’t have to do something special (to convince me).
“He is a big physical talent, really strong, it is not easy to get the ball from him. He is the complete offensive player.
“He is fast in a special way and very, very good at shooting, something we have not seen here until now.
“So still there is a lot to come and it is a good situation for the club.”
Ahead of Sunday’s Anfield tussle with Swansea, Klopp was keen to shelve any talk of a Premier League title tilt.
“I have a little bit of experience with winning titles – not the biggest but a little,” added Klopp. “So I know what helps and what doesn’t – and what doesn’t help is to talk about things you have no influence on.
“We are eight points behind Leicester and six points off fourth place.
We’ve only played most teams once and we can only take three points from each game, so we just need to keep on working.
“We have to use our situation in good moments and to accept our situation in bad moments – and then to work. That’s all we can do.
“Let’s see where we are in May or June. I don’t even know when the season ends.”