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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is as good as Andres Iniesta and Mesut Ozil, says Ronaldinho

Published 29/01/2016

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a chance during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England, on January 26, 2016. PA
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a chance during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England, on January 26, 2016. PA
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Jordon Ibe ( L) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammate Roberto Firmino of Liverpool after scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup semi final, first leg match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on January 5, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) embraces Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino after winning the penalty shoot-out in the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England, on January 26, 2016. Liverpool won the two legged semi-final 6-5 on penalties, after a 1-0 Stoke victory in 90 minutes meant the tie finished 1-1 after extra time. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) arrives with partner ahead of the Emirates FA Cup, third round replay at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is ‘in the same class’ as Andres Iniesta, Mesut Ozil and David Silva and is the man Jurgen Klopp must build his team around, says the Brazil international’s countryman, Ronaldinho.

Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim for £29m during the summer and, after initially struggling at Anfield, appears to be finding form with four goals in his last three games, including a world-class strike against Arsenal.

And World Cup-winner Ronaldinho says Firmino ranks alongside the very best players in the world. “I didn’t even ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool – I knew that he would be,” Ronaldinho told the Daily Mirror.

“He is one of the best at what he does in the world. He is in the same class as Ozil, Silva, Iniesta and all the other great players who play that role.”

“Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world and he will know that Liverpool need better players. He will know that Firmino will need better players around him to get the most out of his game.

“I’m sure when he joined Liverpool Klopp was promised he could bring in his own players, and with Firmino at the centre of the team there is no reason why Liverpool cannot challenge again.”

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