Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has described coach Jurgen Klopp as a “father figure”, but admitted that his first experiences with the German were somewhat different.
Firmino joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in 2015 – months before Klopp arrived at Anfield – so he already had experience facing the coach during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
The pair are close now but talk to Liverpool EchoFirmino admitted he was confused by Klopp when they first faced each other in Germany.
Whenever we encounter Dortmund“Jurgen was routinely in the middle of the field keeping a close eye on the opponents while they were warming up,” he said. “I was looking at him and thinking: What is going on, is he trying to scare us? I found that very interesting and it was always great to face this Dortmund team.”
Now fighting on the same side, Firmino had nothing but positive words to say about Klopp.
“Having him with us today is fantastic,” Firmino added. “He never stops giving me advice. He’s a huge father figure to me here at Liverpool. I am so grateful to be playing under a great coach.
“I thank him for everything I have learned. I will always be very grateful for everything he has done for me and for the club.”
Finally, Firmino also discussed scoring 100 goals for Liverpool earlier this season with a goal in Bournemouth’s 9-0 win.
“I am delighted to reach 100 goals in the Liverpool shirt, which represents such a great club,” he said. “I have improved. I had some injuries that hindered me last season. Thank God I am back this season, feeling good, very motivated for the upcoming matches and competitions we are competing in.
“I hope to continually improve and improve to give my best on the pitch, and I am always looking to win matches and titles with this team.”