Ronaldinho: Firmino’s ‘in the same class as Ozil, Silva and Iniesta’

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 11:04

Roberto Firmino: Hailed by Ronaldinho

Roberto Firmino: Hailed by Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho says Roberto Firmino is in the same class as David Silva and Andres Iniesta and urged Liverpool to build the team around him.

The Brazilian legend believes his fellow countryman is as good a No. 10 as there is in the world and thinks Jurgen Klopp should be placing more faith in the 24-year-old.

“I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be,” Ronaldinho told the Daily Mirror.

“He’s one of the best at what he does in the world. He’s in the same class as [Mesut] Ozil, [David] Silva, Iniesta, and all the other great players who play that role.”

Firmino, a £29million recruit from Hoffenheim in the summer, has scored five times in 28 appearances for the Reds this season and Klopp has shown support for the attacking midfielder, who has taken time to settle in at Anfield.

In November, Klopp claimed Firmino was not “even close” to showing his true potential and labelled him a big “physical talent”.

Firmino, who has made five assists this term, has shown glimpses of brilliance and Ronaldinho has no doubts Firmino should be the focal point for Liverpool.

“He’s the player that I’m sure Klopp will build his new Liverpool team around,” Ronaldinho added.

“Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world, he will know that Liverpool need better players, he will know that Firmino will need better players around him to get the most out of his game.

“I’m sure when he joined Liverpool, Klopp was promised he could bring in his own players, and with Firmino at the centre of the team, there’s no reason Liverpool cannot challenge once again.”

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