Klopp explains why he struggles to rest Liverpool star

Date published: Friday 2nd February 2018 9:14

Jurgen Klopp admits that he finds it difficult to give Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino a rest.

Firmino has made the most appearances (34) and played the most minutes (2,635) of any Liverpool player this season.

The Brazilian has missed just two games – the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in November and the Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester in September.

He has scored 19 goals in his best season in a Liverpool shirt thus far, and Klopp explains why giving his “horse” a rest is difficult.

“He’s very important,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Roberto delivers, delivers and delivers. He doesn’t score all the time, he is not always brilliant, but if he is not brilliant then he works like a horse. It’s very important that you have this kind of stability there.

“Ingsy is in a very good way, Dom is in a very good way. But it is not easy to pass Roberto.

“Of course there will be games when he cannot play, that’s absolutely okay. He played quite often, that means most of the time I think: ‘We should try it again with Roberto’.”

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