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Klopp: Firmino is Focal Point of Attacks

Firmino’s two goals on Saturday are just the added bonus for Klopp.

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Liverpool left Brighton in mixed spirits yesterday. A 5-1 scoreline is hardly anything to sneeze at, but the game was nervy more often than not and even Klopp didn’t seem to enjoy the win, regardless of the final score. On the other hand, not enjoying a game doesn’t ever stop Klopp from heaping praise on his players, and this weekend was no different. Klopp was particularly pleased with Roberto Firmino’s performance on Saturday and was keen to talk about the role the Brazilian international has been playing on the squad.

“Roberto scored twice, but what he did around these goals is what excites me the most, to be honest,” Klopp said after the game. “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.”

“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.”

With the two he netted on Saturday, Firmino now has 11 goals this season so far, one less than his total for the previous season. Your Favourite Brazilian is still clearly in peak form and more than willing to net a few odd goals in between stealing the ball back from the opposing team.

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