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Monday 24 July 2017

Firmino: I've had to change my game

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino admits having to change his game to become a success at Liverpool - while revealing he actually began his career as a right-back!

The Brazilian has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's side since arriving from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim 18 months ago.

Firmino was Liverpool's leading Premier League goalscorer last season having impressed whenever switched to a 'false nine' role after Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as boss in October 2015.

But the 25-year-old accepts he found life difficult when first arriving in the Premier League. "I think I have had to change the way I play," said Firmino. "I was adapted to European football after playing in Germany for three years but English football is very different to the Bundesliga,

"You really notice that the Premier League is much, much faster - the pace is very high and you do need to adjust."

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