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Klopp not fazed by Firmino drought


USEFUL: Roberto Firmino

USEFUL: Roberto Firmino

USEFUL: Roberto Firmino

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his backing to forward Roberto Firmino after his Anfield goal drought continued.

The Brazilian has not scored in the Premier League at home since March last year and his strike against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League four months ago is his only goal in front of the Kop since then. He came closest to ending that run when he beat goalkeeper Nick Pope - not an easy task considering the Burnley goalkeeper's form in the 1-1 draw which ended Liverpool's 100pc home record - but hit the post to be denied the opportunity to double the Reds' lead.

The 28-year-old has just 11 goals this season, compared to fellow forwards Mohamed Salah (23) and Sadio Mane (20), and has not scored in the league since January.

"It cannot become a psychological problem because Bobby played an outstanding game and we don't judge him," said Klopp after the champions dropped their first points at Anfield since January 2019.

"We just don't think about it. It's not important who scores. We need Bobby for other things, we need him as a link-up for all the other things.

"We only have chances in other positions because Bobby plays the way he plays.

"And he will score, there is absolutely no doubt about it. We are not worried at all about that."

Despite seeing their 24-match winning run of home league matches end, meaning the Reds must now win their final three games to beat Manchester City's Premier League record points total of 100, Klopp saw plenty of positives.

He handed academy graduate and local-born Curtis Jones his full Premier League debut, in addition to giving fellow 19-year-old Neco Williams his first league start at Anfield, and the pair responded with good performances.

But like the more experienced Firmino, Klopp is putting no pressure on the youngsters.

"Young players really can improve and don't have the pressure, especially not from us, so if they use the time the future is beautiful for them."