Liverpool boss Klopp dismisses Firmino notion

Date published: Friday 20th January 2017 1:39

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the notion that Roberto Firmino’s recent struggles were down to Philippe Coutinho’s absence.

Firmino has endured a temporary loss of form and he has not scored since the home win over Stoke on December 27 and his blank has coincided with Coutinho’s absence through injury.

“I don’t think so,” said Klopp, when asked whether Firmino’s loss of form was down to his fellow Brazilian’s absence.

“We have a few players who play every time. Roberto had a few moments where he didn’t score or lost the ball.

“He is in good shape and hopefully he can start scoring again. He doesn’t depend on another player.

“When Phil is at his best, the whole team is better and benefits.”

Coutinho made his first start this year in the FA Cup win at Plymouth after missing 10 games with an ankle injury.

Coutinho is in line to face Swansea this weekend after his hour-long run-out at Home Park, but Klopp urged the fans to be patient with the playmaker.

“You’ve seen it already. The opportunity at Plymouth was really good for him to get some rhythm.

“He cannot be back on the pitch and immediately be 100 percent. It isn’t possible,” added Klopp, who also gave an update on Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Henderson’s injuries.

“Clyney and Hendo were not in team training until now. They should be back today. Clyney has been in running training and Hendo should be back too.

“He [Henderson] felt a muscle a little bit more but it is still about the heel.”

Liverpool host Swansea at Anfield tomorrow lunchtime and the German urged the fans at home and abroad to stay together.

“I hope that everybody feels this. I don’t force or ask for it,” added Klopp

“It is easier to enjoy a game in a wonderful atmosphere – and we are all responsible for this. One of the biggest strengths of this club is the togetherness during difficult times.

“It doesn’t matter if you are in the stadium. If you are watching on a TV, laptop, we need you to be with us.”

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