Jurgen Klopp is slowly but surely improving things at Liverpool, but there's still a long way to go for all involved.
The German coach, who replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout back in October, has failed to really get his team going in the Premier League but has managed to secure them a place in this month's Capital One Cup final.
However, it's clear for all to see that Klopp has a long-term strategy in place on Merseyside. This summer will represent an important one for the charismatic coach as he goes in search of putting his own side together.
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It may well be taking Klopp some time to implement his strategy, but he clearly has a great relationship with his players.
Ahead of Liverpool's Europa League Round of 32 clash against FC Augsburg, a comical video has emerged, showing the Liverpool boss nutmegging forward Roberto Firmino.
It's safe to say that Liverpool's Brazilian star never saw it coming - he was facing away from his manager - but Klopp found the opportunity too good to resist on this occasion.
Unsurprisingly, as you can see in the tweet below, the Liverpool manager was extremely amused by the situation...
Owen split on Roberto Firmino
It's all fun and games in training, but has Firmino done enough in his debut season at Liverpool?
Well, according to the club's former striker, Michael Owen, the versatile forward needs to start proving himself on a consistent basis. In fact, Owen has insisted that the Liverpool ace needs to find an 'angry streak in his game'.
“I’m split on him,” he said, as per the Liverpool Echo. “I thought he did great against Manchester City and Chelsea away earlier in the season, but for a player with that much quality I just want to see that kind of performance on a more regular basis.
“At the moment it’s maybe one good performance in five or six. He gives the ball away too much, and I don’t see that real angry streak in his game.
“Listen, if I gave the ball away in a game then for 10 minutes it would be frying my brain. The ball is precious, and I don’t see that in Firmino’s game at the moment. He gives the ball away and it’s almost like ‘oh well, that’s the norm’.
“He’s done well lately. But to be a Liverpool player you have to do it every week. You can have one bad game in five, but at the moment he’s more one good game in five.
“He’s got a lot of quality, but we need to see it more regularly.”
Liverpool fans will certainly be hoping to see Firmino inspire them to a win in Germany this evening.
What have you made of Firmino's first season at Liverpool? Have your say below!
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