Ronaldinho sings Firmino’s praises

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Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should build their squad around Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino.

Firmino, who joined the Reds in the summer from Hoffenheim, originally struggled to live up expectations that came with his £29million price tag, but has recently found his form, scoring four goals and assisting another in his last four appearances.

“I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be,” Ronaldinho told The Mirror.

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

“He’s the player that I’m sure Klopp will build his new Liverpool team around,” Ronaldinho added.

“Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world, 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.

“I’m sure when he joined Liverpool, Klopp was promised he could bring in his own players, and with Firmino at the centre of the team, there’s no reason Liverpool cannot challenge once again.”