Date published: Friday 6th November 2020 1:09
Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp was quick to shut down a question surrounding Roberto Firmino’s qualities at his press conference on Friday.
A lot has been said and written about Firmino potentially losing his place in Klopp’s side to new boy Diogo Jota.
The new signing has scored seven goals in 10 games, including a brilliant hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Atalanta.
Klopp was quick to defend his Brazilian, who replaced Jota on 65 minutes in midweek, after the win in Bergamo and insisted he had no selection headache regarding the two players.
But ahead of Sunday’s date with Man City, which Klopp described as the hardest game possible, the German coach did not entertain a question about Firmino.
PA reporter Carl Markham asked Klopp to outline the qualities of Firmino, but Klopp was not keen.
“He’s with us, I don’t have to say one word about him. If you aren’t with us, I don’t care. I don’t have to waste one word on Bobby.
“He’s the difference maker in so many games, without scoring. I would feel embarrassed now if I have to mention the quality of Bobby Firmino.”
Markham replied: “I appreciate that…” And Klopp interjected: “Welcome,” laughing.
“If they don’t see [his quality], I cannot help these people. That is it.”
Klopp confirmed that Thiago was still not available, but he did say that Joel Matip was in full training.
“Joel is back and has had seven or eight or nine days training and after the game there is another 14 days training. We will see what we will do,” said Klopp.
Asked about the other injury concerns, Klopp said: “Doing well, that’s how it is with the boys. Especially Oxlade, it takes time but looks really good, but takes time – everybody knows that.
“And with Thiago, that’s how it is. It’s an injury but doesn’t need a surgery, all these kind of things but still takes time.
“The challenge that day was a harsh one and directly against the leg, so still adapting but improving. It will not be too long anymore but for this game I don’t think he will be in.”
“They (Matip, Keita and Tsimikas) are all in training, so that’s really good.
“Nobody mentioned Diogo to me. Yesterday was second day recovery, he was involved. So that looked fine.”
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