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Liverpool Transfer News: Roberto Firmino Plan Urged by Ronaldinho, Fresh Rumours

NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2017

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has compared Liverpool's Roberto Firmino to Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Mesut Ozil, and urged Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to build his team around the forward.

Firmino was signed for Liverpool in June 2015 by Brendan Rodgers and has shown excellent form recently, scoring four times in his last four appearances, per WhoScored.com.

Ronaldinho is adamant that the 24-year-old is a great player in the making, and the former Barcelona star believes that Klopp needs to get in some top stars to assist his compatriot if Liverpool are to compete for titles again, per David Anderson in the Mirror:

I didn't ever question if he would be a great player for Liverpool, I knew that he would be. He's one of the best at what he does in the world. He's in the same class as Ozil, 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. 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.

The "role" Ronaldinho, 35, is seemingly referring to is the No. 10 position, in which Ozil especially has excelled this season at Arsenal.

However, Firmino has spent the majority of his time at Anfield under Klopp fielded further forward, often as a conventional striker.

Liverpool could bring in Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira, with whom they have been long linked, per the Guardian and Artem Frankov. If the playmaker makes the move, he is likely to remain in that position, per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe:

Firmino's versatility, though, is one of his great strengths and he has shown that he can perform for the Reds whether he players further forward or in a slightly withdrawn role.

Ronaldinho's backing will likely come as a boost to the 24-year-old given that the former Paris Saint-Germain star is a World Cup winner and two-time World Player of the Year.

Firmino has tended to float in and out of games at times this season, but he has been very effective recently and could be a major player for Klopp if he continues to improve. 

He would undoubtedly be well served by having some more quality around him, and the Reds are now being linked with former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican international has had an excellent season at Bayer Leverkusen in 2015-16, netting 11 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances, per WhoScored.

According to Rory Smith in the Times, Liverpool have identified the 27-year-old as a key attacking target.

He is a superb finisher and would undoubtedly increase the number of goals scored by Liverpool, while a front line made up of Hernandez, Firmino and Philippe Coutinho would be a force to be reckoned with.

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