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

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"The skill he's got - that goal he scored against Spurs, going past two players and lifting it over the goalkeeper, I can only think of a player like Messi scoring a goal like that".

The Brazilian, who scored the second-most number goals in the competition's group stages behind Ronaldo this year, has netted 20 times in total for the Reds this term.

It might seem an unpopular stat, but Klopp's win percentage (at 49.56) is weaker than his predecessor's: Brendan Rodgers (at 50.3), and even that is with the benefit of having played 54 fewer games. "If I play a good game then the goals will appear".

For all that Klopp has set up to make sense, the puzzle will need to be completed soon.

This it did, not just by virtue of the impressive result, but the very nature of the performance.

There was logically no place within either paradigm for the mercurial Brazilian, who had made clear his desire to leave, both last summer and again in the winter window.

This underscores one of the core requirements of 'Klopp-ball', which is a complete physical and emotional buy-in, not just from players and the fans, but from the man himself, often cartoonishly animated on the touchline.

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

To secure a Portuguese passport, one has to have been married to their partner for at least three years - Coutinho has been married to Aine since 2012, meaning he could have done this during his time at Liverpool. I don't know what other people think about Roberto.

Dismissed as a selling club on more than one occasion, Liverpool simply weren't given the respect their status in world football should bring.

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.

That's, erm, Liverpool told then. "It's interesting. It will be a special atmosphere as well and I'm really looking forward to it. Now we have to show we don't only want to be part of the competition, we are quite ambitious". "Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City".

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