Jurgen Klopp could be the man to make Firmino fire
Jurgen Klopp has never been one to shirk a challenge. He took over at Mainz 05 upon retirement at the club and guided the team into Bundesliga for the first time during the 2003-04 season.
Under his tutelage, the team also qualified for the UEFA Cup during his spell and even stayed with the club upon relegation at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Furthermore, he took over Borussia Dortmund as they side languished in mid table and guided them to, two successive Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final in his seven years at the club.
Klopp said Liverpool was the perfect match for him but will have to make some tough decisions yet again if he is to get The Reds back to the summit of English football.
One thing that may excite as well as intrigue the German is how he gets best out of new man Roberto Firmino.
The ex-Mainz coach has become known for squeezing that extra five percent out of players which you didn’t think they had and instilling a sense of pride in their performances that they will go out and give everything for the shirt.
Firmino came in for big money from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer as ex-boss Brendan Rodgers looked to reshape his squad after selling Raheem Sterling and seeing captain Steven Gerrard leave the club.
The 24 year old had plied his trade in Germany since the age of 19 and he quickly adapted to his surroundings where he learnt the language and consistently improved year on year since signing in January 2011.
He has honed a more direct style of play in Europe as he worked tirelessly on his defensive work and his strength where he has become more of a gutsy leader as opposed to the silky Samba play Brazilians are used to.
In the early weeks of the season, Firmino had been in and out of Rodgers' team still trying to find his feet in England. However, this change of personnel at the top could provide the ember that will ultimately ignite Firmino's Liverpool career.
Ex Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson champions these views as he told the Liverpool Echo;
"For everyone, it's a clean slate, and I think we might see some players who have perhaps suffered in the last few months start to look revitalised. Roberto Firmino, for example, is one that I think may benefit from the change in manager,"
"Is he a wide player, is he a traditional No10? Does he play from the right, the left, off a big man or behind a quick striker? There are more questions than answers, at present. I know he's injured right now, but fans are still waiting to see what this fella is going to be.
"Klopp will know, though. He'll have watched him closely in Germany, he'll have had to think about how to stop him whenever Dortmund played Hoffenheim, and I suspect he might just get the best out of him.
It is true Klopp was a big admirer of the player during their time in Germany and even admitted to trying to sign him during his time at the Westfaldstadion.
Speed and the counter pressing style that has famously been named Gegenpress by the German media - which the 24 year old has in abundance.
Firmino already has many of Klopps ideals instilled in him already which is why you may see the German nurtured Brazilian become a key part of this new Liverpool era for years to come.