Klopp hails Roberto Firmino impact in Newcastle victory

Date published: Saturday 14th September 2019 4:00

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of forward Roberto Firmino in his side’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

The Reds fell behind to a Jetro Willems goal early on but after Firmino replaced the injured Divock Origi, he set Sadio Mane up for the second of his two goals before providing the assist for Mo Salah’s strike in the second half.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Klopp was thankful for Firmino’s input following his side going a goal down.

“We needed 20-25 minutes to really arrive in the game,” the manager said. “They scored a goal, which was a wonderful finish, and then we started. When we changed the rhythm it was much better and we deserved the three points.”

Asked about Roberto Firmino’s effect on the team’s rhythm, Klopp said: “Yes, that’s true. We changed in the first half before Bobby came on, and Divock can play in that position, but he was too wide and long.

“Sadio can play between the lines and that was the plan but we don’t want to leave Bobby Firmino out but especially after long trips from time to time we have to be sensible and do it, and that’s why we did it. Obviously when he came on it helped.

“We hope Divock it’s not too serious, he twisted his ankle and played on but he felt it then.”

Liverpool’s next test sees them play Napoli in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday.

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