Liverpool’s German supervisor Jurgen Klopp (R) embraces Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) as they have a good time on the pitch after the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 26, 2019. Liverpool gained the sport 4-0. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp insisted he had by no means misplaced religion in Roberto Firmino when the Brazilian was anxious by a scarcity of targets earlier than scoring 4 in three matches together with the Club World Cup closing.
Firmino, identified affectionately to Klopp as Bobby, met with Klopp after a worrying run of 1 aim in 16 appearances.
But the German informed Firmino he was within the aspect for extra than simply his targets, since when he’s been on a spree.
FHe adopted up his targets within the semi-final and closing of the Club World Cup with a Boxing Day double within the Premier League leaders’ 4-0 rout of nearest challengers Leicester City.
Firmino’s targets towards the Foxes led to an embrace with Klopp on the touchline at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
“Journalists told me he hadn’t scored for a while, but the thing about Bobby is that I don’t think about scoring,” Klopp defined.
“I think about how important he is, so we had a little talk and I told him. For the first time he was a little bit concerned about that fact (he had not scored in so many games), and I told him I was not interested in that number.
“He is the connector for our team, he is so important for us. He is the only one who can play the position, and he plays the position in a very special way.
“He doesn’t have to come (for a hug) with every goal, but this time we had a little thing where, after being calm enough to leave him on the pitch in games that I never thought about (his lack of goals), he thought he would say thank you.”
Liverpool, bidding to be topped English champions for the primary time in 30 years, are 13 factors clear on the prime after thrashing Leicester.
They have now prolonged their unbeaten run within the Premier League to 35 matches, with Liverpool’s final loss within the prime flight a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on January 3.