Klopp: Firmino has coped fine without Coutinho

Date published: Friday 20th January 2017 1:31

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think Roberto Firmino has suffered as a result of Philippe Coutinho not being in the side.

Firmino has only scored one goal since Coutinho was ruled out with an ankle injury at the end of November while playing against Sunderland.

Coutinho returned to the Reds line-up against Plymouth for an hour after he had come off the bench in matches against Southampton and Manchester United.

However, Klopp doesn’t think Firmino depends on another player but admits the team plays better when Coutinho is on the pitch.

“I don’t think so,” Klopp said when he was asked if Firmino’s form had dipped since Coutinho has been out of the side.

“We have a few players who play every time. Roberto had a few moments where he didn’t score or lost the ball.

“He is in good shape and hopefully he can start scoring again. He doesn’t depend on another player.

“When Phil is at his best, the whole team is better and benefits.”

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