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Football Player Roberto Firmino May Skip the Champions League Clash

18 September, 2018, 10:40 | Author: Drew Briggs
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"We were that good it was hard for Tottenham", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. I don't want to say anything against one or the other or just because Harry is my player, I am going to praise Harry and kill Salah.

But Liverpool could have been much further ahead had Salah and Mane combined better in attack.

"In the last few years they have shown they are contenders for the Premier League and they played the final of the Champions League and to get there is because you have a great team and of course they improved this summer and they will be tough to beat". We won at Tottenham and that's the only thing I was interested in. (PA Photos) Earlier that season, Ian Rush helped Liverpool defeat Spurs to win the 1982 League Cup final at Wembley.

Firmino wrapped up Liverpool's fifth successive win soon after the interval when the Brazil forward tapped in after more sloppy defending and another Vorm misjudgement.

After that they face Southampton on Saturday looking to make it six wins on the bounce in the top flight.

But in truth, Liverpool looked the more likely, and five minutes before the break they grabbed a vital advantage.

Firmino tends to be underrated by some, although no-one at Anfield, but he has been directly involved in 61 Premier League goals under Klopp - 38 goals and 23 assists. Firmino has scored 29 goals in 59 games, Mane 24 in 49 and Salah a remarkable 46 goals in 57 games.

This Liverpool team is now unrecognisable, both in personnel and style, from when Klopp walked through the door.

Liverpool pressing high
Liverpool pressing high

This is Klopp's third full season - and he had most of the 2015-16 campaign - so realistically, given the investment and talent at his disposal, he should be expected to win a trophy this term.

Since October previous year Liverpool have had the best defensive record in the Premier League, keeping more clean sheets than any other team, but they were denied another by Erik Lamela in stoppage time.

He wrote: "I didn't have a particular problem with Mauricio Pochettino trying something different and setting up with a midfield diamond on Saturday".

"You need an outstanding performance to win and that's what the boys delivered".

The "world's best defender" Dejan Lovren will need game time when he returns from injury and brilliant youngsters Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho are also hungry for their first-team bows.

"I have no clue what exactly happened, but it's something with the eye and for sure at the moment it's not comfortable for him, so we will see".

For Salah, a season just a notch below last would still be excellent by most players standards but it looks as though he is falling victim to wanting to maintain his own untouchable highs.

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