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Published: 10:01 | 29/1/16

Ronaldinho believes in Firmino

Legend says forward in Ozil and Iniesta's 'class'

Ronaldinho believes compatriot Roberto Firmino is “in the same class” as Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Andres Iniesta - and always felt he would be a great player for Liverpool.

The 24-year-old had a slow start to life on Merseyside after joining from Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for a fee potentially approaching £30m last summer.

However, the Brazilian international's form has improved hugely in recent weeks and he now has five goals and four assists from 20 Premier League games, with Ronaldinho promising there is plenty more to come.

“I didn’t ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be,” Ronaldinho told the Daily Mirror. “He’s one of the best at what he does in the world. He’s in the same class as [Mesut] Ozil, [David] Silva, Iniesta, and all the other great players who play that role.

“He’s the player that I’m sure Klopp will build his new Liverpool team around,” Ronaldinho added.

“Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world, 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’s no reason Liverpool cannot challenge once again.”

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