Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that there has been one major beneficiary following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Champions League clash versus Porto, as quoted by the Mirror, the former Borussia Dortmund manager thinks that Roberto Firmino is no longer being over shadowed by Coutinho.
“I don’t think he has stepped up but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations,” said Klopp.
“That’s how it is. That is all. He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good.”
The transfer debacle surrounding Coutinho was a huge source of distraction for the Liverpool players, and must have had an effect of their form.
Yet Klopp was still quick to play down suggestions Firmino has improved, and believes that the quality has always been there.
“I don’t think he’s underrated. Not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino,” Klopp bluntly added.
The Brazilian international goes into the fixture as the joint highest goal scorer this season in the Champions League, tied with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Firmino is now more in the spotlight without Coutinho, and tonight serves as a good example to show just what he can do.
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