Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian helped his side secure a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Nathaniel Clyne struck in the first half at Anfield and his goal ultimately ended up being the winner that secured Klopp’s first victory as Liverpool manager.
After three consecutive draws in all competitions since his arrival on Merseyside, the German tactician will have undoubtedly been thrilled to end the long wait for a win.
The 48-year-old wasn’t afraid to show faith in the younger players in his squad after handing the likes of Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall a start in the cup clash, but it was Firmino who earned the man of the match award, as noted by Sky Sports.
Despite the Brazilian possibly preferring to play in a more central role where he has seemingly been more effective during his career, Klopp believes that the 24-year-old can be deployed anywhere in attack as he has the ability to influence the game regardless.
It remains to be seen whether or not Firmino keeps his place in the side ahead of the clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with the visitors looking to pile further misery on Jose Mourinho after he watched his side crash out to Stoke City on Tuesday night.
As for the cup competition itself, Klopp will undoubtedly target it as a realistic opportunity to win his first piece of silverware in England as Arsenal joined Chelsea in being knocked out earlier than many would have expected.