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Klopp Defends Firmino Scoring Record After Goal Against Watford

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp leapt to the defence of striker Roberto Firmino, after the Brazilian scored only his second goal in fifteen games against Watford on Saturday.

Firmino’s header rounded off a 3-0 victory for the Reds at Vicarage Road and manager Jurgen Klopp said his goalscoring is secondary to the work he does for others.

“It all depends to what you want to see, what you expect, with what you compare it to. In the game against Fulham 20 German coaches were in the stadium – I’m not sure how the critics were but when I saw them and we had a drink together, they were saying ‘Bobby Firmino! What a player!’

“Because of the small things he’s doing, he’s working so hard, he’s here, he’s there, he’s got six goals but he opens 5,000 gaps for everybody.

“It’s about how you see it. He will never come to me and say ‘because people are writing something is missing, could I play my old position again?’

“He’s doing the job – that makes him so unbelievably valuable for us. I’m really happy for him. It’s just about what we have to do in the right moment – we have to find a system where we can bring our quality on the pitch, and on Saturday we did it.”

 
 

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