Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has stepped out of Coutinho's shadow

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MO SALAH IS Liverpool's best signing in the past 10 to 15 years, ahead of the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres, according to ex-footballer Micky Quinn.

Firmino is enjoying the acclaim and responsibility of his growing status. It seems a strange dig of saying Barcelona could have had him, Liverpool would have faced that difficulty had they not agreed to the Coutinho sale, but then they didn't want him anyway.

"But I only focus on playing a good game".

More than anything else, it is this total intersection of need that makes it so perfect.

Sadio Mane lived one of his great nights after scoring three of the five goals from Liverpool to Porto. I also want to help myself to make a good season.

"I don't think he has stepped up recently but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho's situations".

"He's a very important player and he doesn't always have to be the standout player".

Barca believe that the Danish international can be the natural successor to veteran playmaker Andres Iniesta after the club's coaching staff dismissed internal suggestions that Philippe Coutinho could fill that role.

The star is about to begin the process of obtaining a Portuguese passport, which he is eligible for through being married to his wife Aine - he revealed to Mundo Deportivo.

"I don't know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. You have to cause them problems, problems and problems".

Liverpool are in the last 16 for the first time in nine years, and their European pedigree is such they are dark horses to go all the way.

Keita's dynamism, proficiency both in defensive and offensive actions, and flair on the ball means he is tailor-made for Liverpool's style.

That's, erm, Liverpool told then.

"When I came in I said immediately that I was happy he was here". Given the reluctance of Liverpool to get rid of Coutinho, a report from the Barca technical secretariat recommended to keep an eye on Mane. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win, but that is too far off.

Klopp confirmed he will abandon his goalkeeper rotation policy in Europe, with Loris Karius retaining his place.