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Klopp Sings Praises of ‘Connector’ Firmino

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is perfectly happy with the performances of striker Roberto Firmino, regardless of his recent scoring spurt.

The Brazilian scored the winning goals against Monterrey and Flamengo in the Club World Cup before two goals in the 4-0 victory over Leicester on Thursday.

Prior to that he had only scored 1 from 16, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he never worries about Firmino’s goalscoring numbers.

“Bobby has four goals in three games and before that he didn’t score that often,” Klopp said. “When people tell me previously Bobby didn’t score for a while I didn’t realise.

“When I think about Bobby I don’t think about scoring. I think about how important he is. We had a bit of a talk because for the first time since I knew him he looked a little bit concerned about that fact.

“I told him I am not interested in that number because he is the connector for our team. He is so important for us. He is not the only one who can play that position but he can play that position in a very special way.”

Firmino ran to hug Klopp after scoring his first at the King Power Stadium as an acknowledgement of his manager’s faith.

“Obviously he doesn’t have come [to hug me] every goal but this time he thought I was calm enough to leave him on the pitch in these games and he thought he has to say thank you,” Klopp said.


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