Liverpool's Roberto Firmino one of the world's best in his position, says Ronaldinho

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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is slowly but surely settling into life at Anfield and under the watchful eye of manager Jurgen Klopp is starting to show why the Reds spent £29 million on him last summer.

The Brazilian is in a rich vein of form and as a result, Barcelona legend and countryman Ronaldinho believes Firmino is justifying his fee and one of the world's best attacking midfielders.

The 35-year-old even went on to compare his compatriot with some of Europe's best current number 10's.


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He said, according to the Mirror: "I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be.

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

Ronaldinho went on to insist Liverpool must build his side around Firmino.

“Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world," the Brazilian continued, "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.”

Since completing his move from the Bundesliga last year, the 24-year-old has scored five goals in 27 appearances, all of which coming in the league. His recent form has also helped steer Liverpool to the Capital One Cup final.

Firmino has particularly thrived when utilised as a make shift striker in a false 9 formation, scoring four goals in his last three league appearances.

His importance to the side was particularly emphasised during Liverpool's 3-3 encounter with Arsenal earlier this month, scoring a typical poachers goal for his first and firing home a 25-yard strike for his second.

Reds fans are yet to see the best of Firmino, but with time and support he could yet prove an inspired signing by former manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Steven Gerrard
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