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‘I was close to singing the Firmino song myself,’ jokes Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was so impressed by Roberto Firmino’s cameo against Newcastle on Saturday that he was close to singing the player’s name.

Firmino was rested to the bench for the visit of Newcastle, but had to come on after 31 minutes for the injured Divock Origi. The Brazilian was at the heart of the Reds’ 3-1 win with a pair of excellent assists.

“I was close to singing it!” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com with a smile. “No, it was really good. We knew that he could play, it’s not about that, it’s just that he had the trip he had.

“They [Firmino and fellow Brazil international Fabinho] were in Miami and LA and arrived on Thursday morning after playing Tuesday night. It’s really difficult to judge these situations and that’s why we made the decision.

“It was the right decision and we had changed in the game already because Div was a bit too wide, Mo was a bit too wide, Sadio, he can play that position as good as anybody, but we decided to change because we wanted Sad a bit more flexible [and] coming from the wing inside. But of course, what Bobby did then on the pitch: phenomenal! Nice game!”

 
 

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