Because he’s such a Jurgen Klopp-type player - energetic and tactically intelligent with a fierce work ethic - it’s easy to forget that Roberto Firmino was actually brought to Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers.
Under Rodgers’ management, the Reds secured the services of the Brazilian forward, paying Hoffenheim £29 million for his signature - making him the club’s second most expensive player at the time.
The transfer fee initially raised eyebrows because Firmino’s goalscoring record in Germany wasn’t particularly impressive.
The South American scored 49 goals in 153 games for his former club - an average of just under one goal every three matches - but Rodgers and Liverpool’s scouting team knew they’d just signed a player with the potential to transform their attacking play.
Rodgers was eventually sacked several months later following a poor start to the 2015-16 campaign but Klopp’s arrival couldn’t have been better news for either Liverpool or the club’s new number nine.
Klopp watched Firmino closely during his time as Borussia Dortmund’s coach and firmly believed the Brazil international was, just before his departure from Hoffenheim, the best player in the Bundesliga.
"From his first day [at Hoffenheim], everybody could see he would be a very, very good player,” Klopp told reporters in 2015, “and when Liverpool took him I thought they had made a good choice.”
Under Klopp, Firmino quickly established himself as one of the first names on Liverpool’s teamsheet - and there’s no question as to whether he’ll start alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane against Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Firmino’s career record against Bayern Munich is, well, not brilliant.
He’s played in eight competitive matches against the German giants and has found himself on the losing side six times. He’s also never experienced a single victory over Bayern, with the exception of a 3-0 pre-season friendly win while playing for the Reds in August 2017.
However, Firmino still managed to show Bayern that he’s a force to be reckoned with during an enthralling 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena in March 2014.
He produced many eye-catching moments over the course of the 90 minutes, including a wonderful piece of skill at 3.25 in the video below.
But, most importantly, it was Firmino who scored the goal to make it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining, producing a composed left-footed finish past Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke (3.45).
Firmino was booked for his celebration, but he clearly didn’t care. He was Hoffenheim’s hero that day.
And if he can make a similar impact on Tuesday evening, he’ll be Liverpool’s.News Now - Sport News