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I'm very happy under him and think he's an incredible coach- Firmino lauds Klopp

Written by: Aniket Surve

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The Brazil forward has also reaffirmed that the squad is hungry to win trophies this season.

Liverpool are enjoying the best start to their Premier League campaign so far and the atmosphere at Anfield is very optimistic and positive.  Ahead of Sunday's mega-clash against Manchester City, the Reds' striker Roberto Firmino gave a candid interview to Sky Sports. The Brazilian poured heaps of praise on manager Jurgen Klopp and seemed determined to convert this amazing start into something big.

"We've been doing well. We made a good start under him and we're dreaming big. We want to keep working hard and win trophies. We've only been working together [Klopp and Firmino] for three years, but it seems like it's been longer.

I'm very happy under him and think he's an incredible coach. I've learnt so much from him and that doesn't only apply to me, but to the whole team. I think he's excellent. I've been learning a lot from Klopp ever since he came in. He's brought everything together and got that across to the team. We're doing that well now," said Firmino on his manager.

The 27-year-old also talked about his stint in the Bundesliga and the impact the "German mentality" has made on him and his career.

"I used to be very shy, much more so than I am now. It's great that I've improved in that regard. Every day I'm getting better and less… embarrassed.

I'm gradually coming out of my shell. I've always been shy, it's just that I transform on the pitch. I'm a different person. Off the pitch, I'm another person. That's how it has to be.

I think I was born with that desire to win and attention to detail. I learnt a lot in Germany and the German mentality really helped me. It was an enormous step in my life."


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Ahead of the big game, the striker remembered the 4-3 victory over City in January which ended the Sy Blues' unbeaten run and hoped that they do the same in tomorrow's game.

"It was incredible. It was an amazing game which we managed to win. The adrenaline, combined with the atmosphere on the pitch during such special games, is always incredible. It was sensational."

The striker also expressed the view that the club should stay grounded even after getting such a good start.

"The club is always aiming to win trophies and competitions. We've made a very good start, but we have to stay grounded because the season has only just started.

"We're taking it step by step, trying to play well and win games. We're just looking ahead and will see where that takes us," added Firmino.

Liverpool will host Manchester City tomorrow. Both the teams are unbeaten in the current season and will surely battle each other to maintain their amazing start to the cammpaign. 

Published: Sat Oct 06, 2018 06:16 PM IST

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