Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has handed praise to striker Roberto Firmino following another glowing campaign as a Reds player despite the Brazilian still awaiting his first Anfield goal this season.
Firmino, 28, has been one of the reds’ standout players this season following the club’s record-breaking 2019/20 campaign.
Liverpool are currently 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table having recorded 67 points from a possible 69. Klopp’s team are also embarking on a 40-match unbeaten league run as well as a 14-match winning streak.
The Reds will have begun their preparations for Wednesday’s trip to the capital where Liverpool will face West Ham United – who are currently fighting for their lives at the bottom end of the league table.
Firmino, who signed for the Reds for £29m [BBC Sport] back in 2015, will be hoping to add to his already impressive tally of 10 away goals this season when the two sides come head-to-head at the London Stadium. He is, however, still yet to score at the home of the European champions with all of Firmino’s strikes this campaign coming away from Anfield.
The last time Firmino scored in the league at Anfield for the Reds was nearly 11 months ago when the former Hoffenheim striker headed home Andy Robertson’s perfectly weighted cross to open the scoring against Tottenham Hotspur back in March 2019.
He thought his Anfield drought was finally over after he thundered the ball past David de Gea during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United earlier this month, but the goal was disallowed due to a controversial VAR decision that deemed the Spanish goalkeeper was fouled in the build-up by Virgil van Dijk.
After being questioned about Firmino’s bizarre goal-record this season, Klopp was quick to defend his No.9 deeming every goal just as ‘important’ as the other.
Speaking in his Tuesday afternoon press conference, Klopp said: “Strange they are all away but he is important. Thank god for him. Pure coincidence that.”
Firmino has been an ever-present figure for the Premier League champions-elect this season. The 2019 Copa America winner has started 21 of Liverpool’s 23 matches this campaign, he has eight league goals as well as four assists for Klopp’s league leaders.
Liverpool’s clash against West Ham United will take place tomorrow at 19:45 GMT.