'A differential' - Firmino talks up Liverpool teammate on eve of England v Brazil
By Laura O’Leary
Roberto Firmino has revealed how important he believes Philippe Coutinho is to Liverpool, heaping praise on his teammate.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Brazilian striker had special praise for his compatriot and highlighted the player’s best qualities.
He said: “It helps having Coutinho with me, he’s a ‘differential’ who helps swing games.
“Coutinho is a friend and also a great player, he’s got incredible passing ability; he knows how to put attackers in on goal.”
The 26-year-old was speaking to The Telegraph ahead of potentially featuring for Brazil in their friendly against England.
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The striker is not expected to start as he not a regular for his nation, and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is expected to get the nod to start the game.
However Firmino is a regular for Liverpool and has already featured 17 times for his side across all competitions.
In those 17 games the striker has managed to bag seven goals and register four assists.
The 26-year-old has been with the Reds since July 2015, after making the move from TSG Hoffenheim.
In his two years at the club, he has scored a total of 30 goals and grabbed 26 assists in 107 appearances.
Coutinho may yet feature for Brazil against England after declaring himself fit enough to play, despite missing the Reds last three games through injury.
In other Liverpool news, this 20-year-old has expressed his delight with being selected to play for his country.