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Klopp salutes Firmino after Liverpool make Capital One Cup progress

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Clyne scored Liverpool's winner against Bournemouth
Clyne scored Liverpool's winner against Bournemouth

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp secured his first win as Reds manager with a 1-0 Capital One Cup win against Bournemouth and he hailed Brazilian Roberto Firmino after his best display so far for the club.

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool paid £29m to sign Firmino last summer, with the attacking star hardly a big name despite that lavish price tag.

Yet he was impressive in Liverpool's tight win at Anfield that was secured with a Nathaniel Clyne goal and won this praise from his boss. 

“It is important for a new player when he comes to a new club to show this, but he doesn’t have to show me anything because I know him very well," said Klopp.

“We all now know a little bit more about him and that’s important. It was very intensive for him tonight and if we hadn’t had to make a change in the first half with Kolo, we would have changed him [Firmino] a little earlier.

“We had to wait because maybe we would have to go into extra-time, so it was not easy [for him] but he worked really hard.

“He is ready, he is prepared for this league for sure, he is physically strong and a good technician – everything you saw. And usually he is a good finisher! He is a good player.”

Klopp admitted he was relieved to get his first win as Liverpool manager and he can now look forward to a Capital One Cup quarter-final against Southampton.

"My first win feels better than a draw," he added. "I'm really satisfied because this team had never played together and the young players did really well.

"We had many chances against a side which played with nearly their first team. We were dominant, played football and got the win we deserved.

"It was very important to win because we decided to go with a new team. To win is always good for the feeling of the whole team."

Klopp also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge is out of Liverpool's game at Chelsea on Saturday, but Christian Benteke could return.