Liverpool's Klopp backs 'unbelievably valuable' Firmino after change of position

Liverpool's Klopp backs 'unbelievably valuable' Firmino after change of position

'We thought: "Come on, let's bring him and have a look in the morning".

Some fans wondered what Klopp had yelled after Firmino headed home Liverpool's third, ending an eight game goal drought in the Premier League, taking his tally to five for the season.

But on Saturday, Klopp oversaw a reasonably straight-forward 3-0 win on the exact same ground and that underlines the scale of Liverpool's improvement this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side remain second with 33 points and trail Champions City by two points after Pep Guardiola's men beat West Ham United 4-0 on Saturday.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino in the last 23 minutes secured victory, but Henderson's dismissal at 2-0 ensured the Reds' continued good form came at a cost.

'We had these games previous year, we had to play against teams like this. I want to see and to feel the atmospheres in these derbies.

"After halftime, we have to do it again and again, better of course with more rhythm change". Xherdan Shaqiri has been arguably the Reds most impressive addition, scoring two goals and providing two assists in the Premier League this season. Fabinho was ready and then he got it.

Roberto Firmino

Klopp added: "I didn't even see him celebrating".

"It was a really mature performance". "I'm not sure how the critics were but when I saw them and we had a drink together, they were saying 'Bobby Firmino". It wasn't that clear we controlled the game.

Jürgen Klopp's side sit second behind Napoli after four games but know they'll need a positive result from at least one of their final two fixtures to reach the last 16. In the opening two minutes Gerard Deulofeu had a goal rightly disallowed for offside after Watford built a strong position and a moment later the same player nearly found a way through after a risky ball from Alisson put Roberto Firmino in danger next to his own area.

'I am really happy about the way [we did it]'. On the other side, we had to stay stubborn as well, we had to pass, to be patient but stay lively and accelerate.

"When you win games like this, we're going to fight to the end for a lot of things so I think we just have to keep going, keep working hard and win games".

Liverpool will next travel to Paris Saint-Germain as they prepare for a crucial Champions League Group C clash on Wednesday against the Ligue 1 champions.

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