Roberto Firmino has started in Liverpool's last three games and Jurgen Klopp's side have won the lot of them. All of a sudden, in just over a week, the club's high profile signing from the Bundesliga has gained a great deal of confidence and momentum in his pursuit of success on Merseyside.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer transfer window, the Kop were extremely hopeful that the Brazil international would hit the ground running at Anfield. Ultimately, though, that did not happen.
Firmino struggled, Rodgers was dismissed and Liverpool were left floundering behind their Premier League rivals.
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However, the incoming Klopp has already changed the dynamic at the prestigious club. In the past month, despite three rather frustrating draws to kick off his reign, the club's new manager has been a breath of fresh air for both the fans and players alike.
And Firmino, who initially appeared to be struggling with the pace of the English game, is starting to come to prominence under the new regime.
It was always going to take some time for the tricky playmaker to prove his class in the Premier League, but he's starting to look like the real deal.
Liverpool fans are starting to realise it, too; the 24-year-old deservedly picked up the man of the match award during the club's Capital One Cup victory against Bournemouth at the end of last month. He was bold, direct and classy throughout proceedings as Klopp secured his first win as Liverpool boss.
Against Chelsea, he produced a far more disciplined performance for the Reds, often showing his intelligence on and off the ball. It was Philippe Coutinho who hogged the headlines in west London, but Firmino was once again crucial to the cause.
During the club's Europa League victory in Russia on Thursday, the versatile forward managed to express himself in the right way. Creative and classy, the ex-Hoffenheim man was a threat throughout.
Of course, the ever-expectant Liverpool faithful will now be hoping for Firmino to fire home his first goal for the club. In truth, though, it's only a matter of time before he starts producing the goods in front of goal. At Hoffenheim, Firmino was both a creator and scorer of goals. In fact, he assisted 21 goals in his final two Bundesliga seasons.
With Klopp's Liverpool vision, the exceptional talent is only going to improve. Of course, there will be some ups and downs along the way, but the highly rated forward has the credentials to become a consistent star in the Premier League.
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