The Brazilian is facing a tough competition at Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp believes that he has got everything that the club needs.
Jurgen Klopp’s love for the Brazilian star is not lost yet. Ahead of Liverpool’s weekend trip to Manchester City, the German boss talked about Roberto Firmino’s qualities that make him special. And Klopp suggests that his record for the Reds speaks for itself. Moreover, due to increasing talks regarding the 29-year-old’s exit, it has become upsetting for the Liverpool head coach to deal with. However, Klopp will be in an edgy situation to pick over Diogo Jota and Roberto for the crucial Premier League fixture.
The Portugal international did not require much time to make an impact at Anfield following his arrival from Wolves. Furthermore, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are showing no signs of weakness in front of the goal. Hence, it seems like Firmino could become the odd man out of all the potential striking options for Klopp.
The Brazil international started all the seven Liverpool league matches this new season. He, although, came off the bench to switch Jota in the 5-0 victory over Atalanta in the Champions League. If one has to rely on the technicalities, there are statistics which indicate that Firmino’s form has decreased recently. On average, he only has 0.6 shots on target over the first seven games in the English top-tier league. Which is comparatively less than each of the past two year’s 1.2 per match.
Additionally, Firmino also is showing a poor impact in winning possession in the final third with 0.3 times per game in 2020-21. Which again, is less than in relation to 1.1 in 2019-20 and 0.8 in 2018-19.
The boss has complete trust.
Klopp, nevertheless, does not feel that his striker has a negative effect on the Liverpool squad. And is assured that the veteran will help in the overall cause of the Merseyside club.
“I don’t have to say one word about Bobby Firmino and how important he was for us. So I don’t waste time with that,” Klopp said.
“[People who are] not with us, I don’t care if they know about him. He was in so many games the difference-maker, without scoring maybe, but with scoring as well in other games. I would feel really embarrassed if I had to mention now the qualities of Bobby Firmino.”
Klopp received questions regarding what advantages did Firmino bring in for Liverpool. And a classic response from the German ended things thereafter.
“I can’t help these people, sorry,” Klopp said. “If they don’t see it, I can’t help them.”