Firmino Talks Up Liverpool Youngsters
Liverpool’s recent resurgence can be traced to the purchases of the likes of Alisson, van Dijk and Sadio Mane. But Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says they have plenty of young talent to call upon too.
Curtis Jones, Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever made impressive debuts in the FA Cup exit at Wolves last week and Firmino thinks all three have a good chance of becoming established first team players at Anfield.
“I think it’s really special. Three ‘debuts’ - as you say in English - from three great up-and- coming players. I really like the way they play football. Unfortunately, we didn’t win at Wolves, but they’re young - they’ll get even better and develop further.
“The three of them are really impressive. Rafa Camacho is your typical quality Portuguese player; Curtis, as well, is quality on the ball. Ki-Jana is, again, an excellent player - and he played really well in the game against Wolves.
“My congratulations go to the three of them for their debuts, but now they need to keep focused and keep their feet on the ground to make the next steps.” Firmino says that staying grounded will be key in the next phase of their development.
“They need to keep their feet on the ground, to never get carried away and start thinking you’re too good. This is where it all starts for them, but they haven’t won anything yet. They need to remain focused, work hard and one day they’ll be able to show their full potential.”