• Reaction

“Firmino plays 12 instruments in Liverpool’s orchestra”

Getty Images

Roberto Firmino has been receiving criticism lately concerning his goalscoring form, but Jurgen Klopp points out his worth for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino finally bagged a goal after going through a drought from the beginning of this new season. And this made Jurgen Klopp extremely happy to see his star striker among Liverpool’s goalscorers last weekend. 

Yet again, the Reds boss emphasized that the Brazilian will remain as an influence in the team. We have all witnessed his form descending for quite some time. But, Firmino’s late header against Leicester City confirmed Liverpool’s win at Anfield on Sunday evening. Moreover, the 29-year-old displayed an impressive individual performance that night.

The essential instrument.

Firmino has only netted two goals for his side in the new Premier League campaign. But Klopp believes that the Brazil international is still crucial for the Merseyside club. He spoke of Firmino ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League encounter with Atalanta. 

He told reporters: “Scoring was always important for Bobby. But Bobby is a complete footballer. A football team is like an orchestra, you have different people for different instruments. And some of them are louder than others, but they are all important for the rhythm.

“Bobby plays like 12 instruments in our orchestra! He’s very important for our rhythm. We can play well without him as well, but I certainly want him on the pitch and if you look at the numbers, I like it a lot having him on the pitch. Really awesome.”

Klopp added: “I’m not concerned about anything with Bobby, but I know from time to time it happens that he scores a goal! This goal was very important, and what I loved most was the reaction of the boys. You saw the celebration. We always celebrate goals, but this was really emotional. 

“Obviously the players read newspapers, unfortunately, and they saw there was some criticism, so they were really happy for him to score.”