Klopp backs Firmino despite goalless start

Klopps has stated that he backs Firmino despite the goalless start of the new season for the Brazilian striker.
Klopp backs Firmino despite goalless start

Firmino is yet to score a goal this season. The striker who plays as a false nine under Klopp is not famous for goal scoring but he is expected to provide a little bit more from the fans.

He scored only 9 times in 38 league games last season. However his contribution to the squad and his creativity and off ball movements has been praised.

Ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton, Klopp again praised Firmino's efforts for Liverpool.

"These are things where I have to be different to the outside world," he told reporters.

"If I would judge moments as much as you have to judge moments – and moments are not only a second, or a game, or two games, three games, it can be a period. For me, it’s just as important how influential the player is, how he works for the team.

"We lost the last Premier League game [against Aston Villa], and before that we won all the Premier League games and Bobby didn't score, but Bobby was incredibly influential.

"It was always clear, a player like Bobby, if he's not scoring and people start focusing on that, then you realise even he loses, from time to time, the ball. Then you add it on. He doesn't score and he loses balls and all these kinds of things then all of a sudden you speak about 'Is that Bobby Firmino?' Yes, it is. I was in training, he scored twice for Brazil, he is in a top shape to be honest and will play for as long as he can."