“We just don’t think about it, it doesn’t matter who scores”: Jurgen Klopp insists that Roberto Firmino’s goal drought in Anfield is no problem with the Brazilian to score on home ground in the Premier League this season
Jurgen Klopp insisted that the drought of Roberto Firmino at Anfield should not be bothered by the Brazilian.
Notably, given Liverpool’s runaway Premier League title success, their main striker has not scored a Premier League goal this season.
He hit the post and blocked other chances in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley, but still hasn’t found the net at Anfield in the league against Spurs since March 2019.
Roberto Firmino (left) extended his long wait for a Premier League goal on Saturday at Anfield
The striker came painfully close, but has not scored in the big league for 16 months
“It can’t be a psychological problem because Bobbie played an excellent game today and we don’t judge him,” said Klopp.
“We just don’t think about it, it doesn’t matter who scores. We need Bobbie for other things, we need Bobbie in spaces where he was today. We need it as a link to everything else.
“We only have opportunities in other positions because Bobbie plays the way he plays.
“There were times when it was Liverpool against Nick Pope. The biggest challenge in football is to play against a team as organized and as excellent as Burnley.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was happy with Firmino’s performance and play
“We created great opportunities, but there was always one man who wanted to deny us and it was Nick Pope.
“We should have scored more, but I’m fine with the performance, I would say for 80 minutes.”
Liverpool have only one home game against Chelsea for Firmino to break his duck this season.
Speaking after defender Andy Robertson scored Liverpool’s only goal, Klopp predicted that Firmino would find his shooting shoes again at some point.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope (second from left) was in inspired form to keep Liverpool at bay
“He will score. There is absolutely no doubt about it. It will not be a problem. ‘
Burnley also hit the woodwork and came the closest to threatening Liverpool’s three-year, unbeaten home record with 58 games with Johann Gudmundsson’s late shot.
Klopp admitted: ‘For several reasons this score (1-0) left the door open for Burnley and it was always clear they had corners where [Alisson Becker] was under pressure from three or four players and then free kicks.
“I feel like we’ve lost the game – we didn’t know that, I know. It was a draw, but I can’t deny that it feels like we’ve completely lost the game. ‘
Klopp spoke of his admiration for the Pope and admitted that the draw for his party felt like defeat