Firmino is ‘annoying’ for the opposition: Klopp

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Roberto Firmino

Bengaluru, December 5: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled attacker Roberto Firmino as brilliantly 'annoying’ for the opposition after the Brazilian's role in the emphatic 5-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the weekend.

Firmino netted twice in the game and is back to scoring regularly for his side with four goals in his last two starts, 11 goals in all competition.

However, the German manager after the game admitted he does not judge Firmino’s performances only by how many goals he gets and says he was not only pleased with the Brazilian's two goals but also with the overall impact and his off the ball movement in the match.

"Roberto scored twice, but what he did around these goals is what excites me the most, to be honest", Klopp said following the Brighton win, as quoted by Metro.

"In all the counter-attacks, pretty much, he won the ball. By being here, by being a little annoying, a little foot, a little toe, that for us is important. Then the ball is go.

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"With all the rest around him, you need to get used to it. They are all different and all good. For me, I really like these players. That’s why they are here."

Firmino's recent return to scoring has helped Liverpool to get back into the top four as they moved into fourth place leaping the Gunners who dropped down to fifth after their defeat to Manchester United.

Liverpool will be back in action this week in the champions league against Spartak Moscow and a win would guarantee them a top place finish ahead of Sevilla and the Russian side who are currently second with 8 points and third with 6 points respectively compared to Liverpool's 9.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:42 [IST]
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