Jurgen Klopp is absolutely right to not ‘waste time’ with criticism of Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool boss addressed it on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp gave his opinion on recent criticism of Roberto Firmino on Friday. Safe to say he isn’t happy with it.
The Brazilian has struggled for form this season, to be fair. Seven Premier League starts have brought about just one goal and two assists – not great figures for a centre-forward.
Diogo Jota’s form led to a start against Atalanta ahead of Firmino in midweek. It proved the correct decision, too, as the Portuguese forward scored a hattrick.
But suggestions that Liverpool are better without Firmino clearly irk Klopp. The boss did not like answering the criticism on Friday.
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“I don’t have to say one word about Bobby Firmino and how important he was for us, I don’t waste time with that,” Klopp said, per the BBC.
“He was in so many games the difference-maker without scoring maybe, I’m not sure, but with scoring as well in other games, so I would feel really embarrassed if I had to mention now the qualities of Bobby Firmino.
“I can’t help these people, sorry. That’s how it is.”
What RTK has to say
Klopp is bang on here. Firmino has been one of the most important players at the club as they delivered every major trophy over the last two years.
It’s not so much that he’s a prolific goalscorer or that he creates chance after chance. Instead, it’s about the team. Firmino’s place in it allows for so much to happen – he makes it tick.
His movement in the centre-forward role creates the space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. His linkup play allows for a more pragmatic midfield. Firmino’s pressing is the standout – energy, work-rate and selflessness allow the Reds to ‘Gegenpress’.
Without him, Liverpool wouldn’t function the way they do. He’s a unique player and one who will prove virtually impossible to replace when the time comes.
The criticism is silly, then. Firmino may not be in form but that’s all it is. Every player in history has gone through poor, unproductive spells. That doesn’t warrant criticism of a fantastic player – he’ll be back to his best before long.