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Klopp: Firmino getting more credit after Coutinho exit

Roberto Firmino is simply getting more credit at Liverpool after Philippe Coutinho left, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Klopp: Firmino getting more credit after Coutinho exit

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes forward Roberto Firmino is being appreciated more since the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

Stepping out of the Coutinho shadow

Firmino, 26, has enjoyed a fine campaign, scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season.

Klopp feels Coutinho's move to Barcelona in January has allowed Firmino – who has netted seven times in eight Champions League games – to take more of the limelight.

"When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here," the German said ahead of his side's last-16 tie against Porto.

"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. That's how it is.