Jurgen Klopp insists Roberto Firmino is “world class” and claims his poor goalscoring form “doesn’t matter” in an impassioned defence of his forward.
The Brazilian was without a goal at Anfield all season prior to last Wednesday’s (doesn’t this seem like ages ago, by the way!?) match against Atletico Madrid and has just 11 in 43 appearances this season.
However, after helping Liverpool to win the Champions League, World Club Cup and European Super Cup in the last 12 months, Klopp fully understands his importance to his side.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a £75m return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich this summer, but Klopp appears in no mood to let the player leave, especially after stressing his vital role for the Reds.
Discussing Firmino and using a word to describe him with JOE, Klopp said: “He’s a connector!
“It’s pretty rare that you meet a person like Bobby who is so selfless and unselfish. He’s like, ball there, ball there, pass the ball and he’s really happy about it.
“Then he realises ‘well I didn’t score for four or five weeks actually’.”
Defending Firmino’s record of ‘just’ 77 goals in 235 appearances for the Reds, Klopp added: “But it’s unbelievable [his unselfishness], it doesn’t matter.
“No really, he’s world class. Just a sensationally good guy.”