Thursday, 13 February 2020

Roberto Firmino is Liverpool real MVP- Lutz Pfannenstiel

Roberto Firmino is Liverpool's real MVP- Lutz Pfannenstiel

Lutz Pfannenstiel the man who brought Roberto Firmino has spoken about how he knew the Brazilian was going to be a great player when he first saw him play.

Pfannenstiel who is currently the Head of Sports at Fortuna Düsseldorf was the Head of scout at Hoffenheim in 2011 when he brought Roberto Firmino to the club.

Speaking with Goal and Spox,  Pfannenstiel has now talked about how Firmino did the hard when he was at Hoffenheim and how he [Pfannenstiel] knew a big club will come for him one day.

'He was recommended to us by the agency ROGON. ROGON has one of the best networks in Brazil,' Pfannenstiel said

'With Carlos Eduardo and Luiz Gustavo, they had already brought two top players to Hoffenheim. I had seen Firmino play before, but I didn't know his name.'

'Roberto played in Santa Catarina, just like me. I saw him there as a teenager. The youth games were mostly one day before ours. He stood out in the Campeonato Catarinense. But at the time, I wasn't a scout. I was a goalkeeper.'

'As a youth, Roberto did not play for any national team. He was a blank slate because he played in Brazil with the second division team Figueirense. After the scouting analysis, it was clear that he was special. It was an important step for the club.'

'Roberto is originally from northeastern Brazil. Maceio is a tough city, a social hotspot. He was lucky to come to Santa Catarina. Everything there is very European, very Italian and German. That's why Figueirense was the perfect intermediate step for him.'

'Nevertheless, he had the normal start-up difficulties that most South Americans have. He came to Hoffenheim at the age of 19 as a slim boy, could not speak German. But during this time, his special character came to light. He worked a lot more than most, always doing extra shifts on the pitch or in the weights room and developing physically very quickly. He had the unconditional will.'

'He combined the best of both football philosophies [Brazil and German]: a lot of work without the ball, discipline, and Brazilian enthusiasm. He got better and better.

'It was completely understandable that the move to a top club would follow at some point. That it then became Liverpool and that he later got a coach like Jurgen Klopp who had a clear plan with him is like winning the lottery.

'Everyone always talks about the goals of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but for me, Firmino is the MVP of the team. How he finds gaps and works backward - that's the perfect fit.'

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